Reds prospect Christian Roa should be added to the 40-man roster this offseason.
Christian Roa doesn't have the same cache that a player like Connor Phillips does, but the former second-round pick will probably be added to the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster during the offseason.
What Roa's role with the club will be in 2024 is yet to be determined. The right-hander has continually been run out as a starter, and while he has four pitches, none of them are overly impressive. Roa looks to be more of a middle reliever than a starter. But those types of pitchers are necessary as well.
The 24-year-old has all the measurables you look for in a potential starter. Roa is 6-foot-4 with an impressive frame, has plenty of experience at both the collegiate and professional level, and he throws strikes.
Unfortunately, like many young pitchers, control and command are certainly an area that needs improvement. A walk-rate above 16-percent is not going to get Roa a ticket to the big leagues.
But, as the old adage goes, you can never have enough pitching. Adding Christian Roa to the 40-man roster would bolster the Cincinnati Reds depth in the minor leagues, and at the very least, give the team a spot starter who could develop into a quality long reliever at the big league level.