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. 10 through No. 6?

10. Elly De La Cruz, Reds infielder

Having only gotten as high as Double-A last season, this is about as high as Elly De La Cruz can be ranked. That's especially true seeing as how the Reds top prospect posted a 30.1-percent strikeout-rate in 2022. But, De La Cruz could vault toward the top of this list rather quickly bases on his overall talent. De La Cruz will begin the year on the IL in Triple-A with a hamstring injury.

9. Jake Fraley, Reds outfielder

Reds fans, if you haven't been paying attention, you should be excited for the type of season we could see from Jake "The Rake" Fraley. If there's a right-hander on the mound, fans in the Sun Deck at Great American Ball Park better be on the lookout for some incoming baseballs.

8. Joey Votto, Reds infielder

Joey Votto is coming off major surgery and a season in which he struggled to hit just above .200. This is not the same player who won MVP, and not is he the same player who went to the All-Star Game on six separate occasions. After surgery in August, Votto will begin the 2023 season on the IL. If he's fully healthy, Votto could be the best player on the team.

7. Wil Myers, Reds outfielder

Wil Myers was arguably the best pickup for the Res during the offseason. With Joey Votto beginning the year on the Injured List, Myers will split time between right field, first base, and DH. Myers is a free agent at the end of the year, so a solid season could see him dealt at the trade deadline. However, there is a mutual option in Myers contract.

6. Alexis Diaz, Reds pitcher

Rumors have been swirling since the offseason began about a potential Alexis Diaz trade to the New York Mets. Those rumors only got louder after his older brother Edwin injured his knee in the World Baseball Classic. But, for now, Diaz will be operating out of the backend of the Reds bullpen.