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. 20 through No. 16?

20. Tony Santillan, Reds pitcher

There were a lot of expectations for Tony Santillan last season. A few fans even thought he could be the Cincinnati Reds closer. That job now belongs to Alexis Diaz, but if he's healthy, Santillan could be a key cog in the Reds bullpen. Santillan will start the year on the 15-day IL.

19. Buck Farmer, Reds pitcher

Buck Farmer was designated for assignment in May of last year, but after a brief stint in the Derby City, the right-hander returned to the Cincinnati bullpen. Farmer was one of the Reds best relievers during the second-half of last season, and the team is hoping to see more of that in 2023.

18. Lucas Sims, Reds pitcher

Lucas Sims appeared in just seven games for the Reds in 2022 before being sidelined for the remainder of the season with a back injury. If healthy, Sims is one of the best relievers in the Cincinnati bullpen. Sims endured a shaky spring and he'll start the season on the IL.

17. Luke Weaver, Reds pitcher

Luke Weaver was one of Nick Krall's free agent acquisitions this winter. Weaver was in competition with several other pitchers this spring and could work his way back into the starting rotation. A forearm injury will land Weaver on the 15-day IL to begin the season. The right-hander could operate as a reliever as well.

16. Curt Casali, Reds catcher

Curt Casali may have been the biggest offseason acquisition on the part of the Cincinnati Reds. Having a veteran backstop in the clubhouse brings a measure of leadership to the team and it also allows David Bell to move Tyler Stephenson from behind the plate in order to keep his best hitter healthy.