Ranking every player on the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz
Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz / Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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Ranking the Reds 40-man roster: Who is No. 25 through No. 21?

25. Reiver Sanmartin, Reds pitcher

Reiver Sanmartin was given the chance to start in 2022 and the results were disastrous. After a brief stint in Triple-A, Sanmartin returned as a reliever and showed much more promise. Can the left-hander find similar success in 2023? He'll at least have some fellow southpaws in the bullpen this season.

24. Alex Young, Reds pitcher

Speaking of southpaws, Alex Young had a terrific spring and earned his spot on the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster. Young, who has minor league options remaining, went 1-1 in 25 games last season and posted a 2.36 ERA. It's no mistake that he made this ball club.

23. Fernando Cruz, Reds pitcher

Fernando Cruz made his MLB debut at the age of 32 last year. Cruz was fantastic as the Louisville Bats closer throughout most of last season and received a September call-up. Cruz worked well out of the Reds bullpen and has a chance to find a bigger role with the club in 2023.

22. Jose Barrero, Reds infielder

Jose Barrero will be given a chance to live up to the lofty expectations that have been heaped upon him. After being labeled as the Reds best minor league player in 2021, Barrero suffered through a terrible season in 2022. The starting shortstop job is Barrero's to begin the season, but he'll have a tough time hanging onto it.

21. Nick Senzel, Reds infielder/ outfielder

This is it for Nick Senzel. The former first-round pick has to put up or shut in 2023. Three of Senzel's past four seasons have ended on the IL. David Bell has spoken about Senzel being more of a utility player during the 2023 season, and that may be his best role. Senzel will start 2023 on the IL.