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. 5 through No. 2?

5. Graham Ashcraft, Reds pitcher

Graham Ashcraft has had a terrific spring. The right-hander might have the most un-hittable pitch (cutter) from the group of Reds starting pitchers. If Ashcraft keeps his ground ball-rate above 50-percent and can get a few more strikeouts, the Alabama native could emerge as Cincinnati's ace.

4. Tyler Stephenson, Reds catcher/ designated hitter

Had the Reds kept Tyler Stephenson exclusively behind the plate, he'd be ranked No. 1. But splitting time between catcher, first base, and DH dings his overall value just a touch. But Stephenson's bat is his carrying tool, which is why the team is trying to preserve his health by getting him out from behind the plate.

3. Nick Lodolo, Reds pitcher

One could make the argument that Nick Lodolo is the best pitcher on the Cincinnati Reds roster. Seeing as how Hunter Greene got the Opening Day nod, let's give him a slight edge. But Lodolo and Greene are neck-and-neck. The lefty will be looking to build upon a very successful rookie campaign.

2. Hunter Greene, Reds pitcher

The Reds Opening Day starter is ready to show the world why he was selected with the second-overall pick in 2017. If Hunter Greene is able to maintain that tight slider and successfully mix in that changeup he's been working on, 2023 could be an All-Star season for the flamethrower.