This Reds prospect should be the first to debut in 2023

Cincinnati Reds prospect Levi Stoudt
Cincinnati Reds prospect Levi Stoudt / Steph Chambers/GettyImages

The Cincinnati Reds have a plethora of top-level prospects inside the organization. Spread across all levels of the minor leagues, the Reds should have new young faces on the big league roster in the coming years.

During the course of a major league season, there are plenty of reasons guys get called up to the big leagues. Injuries, trades, or players are released and DFA'd. Another reason is when a player is performing so well in the minors that the team has no choice but to bring them up.

During spring training, there were a handful of Reds prospects you could choose from to make their big league debut first. Since then, the list has gotten smaller.

Reds prospects: Levi Stoudt will be the first to debut in 2023.

Through the first week of the season, Levi Stoudt has gotten off to a hot start at Triple-A Louisville. In two starts he has a 1.08 ERA allowing just three hits. Even with his K/BB ratio being at 1.33, Stoudt should be the first player brought up to help this current Cincinnati Reds team.

The back-end of the Reds rotation is what it is. After Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, and Graham Ashcraft, we aren’t really sure what we are going to get out of the fourth (Connor Overton) and fifth (Luis Cessa) spots in the rotation.

On top of the back-end of the rotation, the bullpen is another area that could use some help. Whether Stoudt comes up as a reliever role or as a starter, the right-hander could be a helping hand in either scenario.

Already on the 40-man roster helps Levi Stoudt's case. An argument could be made for shortstop Matt McLain as well, as the former first-round pick has polayed well during the first week-plus in the minors. However, with McLain not being on the 40-man roster currently, it could make his call-up a little more challenging this early in the season.

You can never have too much pitching. And the Cincinnati Reds could surely use some help in that area. After back-to-back rainouts, Cincinnati now has 20 straight games without a day off. If Stoudt continues to pitch well in Louisville, you could see him in a Reds uniform soon.

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