Ranking every player on the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz
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Ranking the Reds 40-man roster: Who is No. 40 through No. 36?

40. Joel Kuhnel, Reds pitcher

Joel Kuhnel made it back to the major leagues after being out for the majority of the 2021 season due to a shoulder injury. Kuhnel was a fringe candidate to make the Cincinnati Reds roster out of spring training, and his 6.36 ERA in 2022 doesn't offer much promise. However, Kuhnel did post a 2.36 ERA in the Cactus League this spring.

39. Casey Legumina, Reds pitcher

The Minnesota Twins liked Casey Legumina enough to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft, and the Cincinnati Reds liked him enough to trade Kyle Farmer. Legumina has a solid fastball, but just like Ricky Karcher, will need to work on his command and control. The right-hander will begin his 2023 season in the minors.

38. Justin Dunn, Reds pitcher

This is not a commentary on Justin Dunn's skills, as the right-hander is much better than what he's shown during his brief time in Cincinnati. But the reality is that Dunn has been sidelined by injuries and will miss at least the first two months of the 2023 season with a shoulder injury.

37. Bennett Sousa, Reds pitcher

The Cincinnati Reds picked up Bennett Sousa after he was released by the Chicago White Sox. While the Redlegs may be desperate for another left-hander in the bullpen, Sousa's 8.41 ERA and 1.721 WHIP can't instill much confidence despite a good showing in spring training. Sousa was optioned to Triple-A just before the season began.

36. Vladimir Gutierrez, Reds pitcher

Vladimir Gutierrez may miss the entire 2023 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Gutierrez had a rough final month during his rookie season in 2021 and in 10 games last year, the right-hander owned an ERA of 7.61. Gutierrez will be given another opportunity to find a spot in the Reds bullpen, but he may have to wait until 2024.