Ranking every player on the Reds roster after adding Nick Martinez and Emilio Pagán

After some slick free agent additions already this offseason, who ranks as the best player on the Reds roster?
Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz
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Ranking the Reds 40-man roster: Players with something to prove

25. Stuart Fairchild, Reds outfielder

Stuart Fairchild is the perfect platoon outfielder on a rebuilding team. However, with the influx of talent, Fairchild will have to up his game heading into spring training. With Jacob Hurtubise, Rece Hinds, and Blake Dunn making their case, Fairchild will have to prove that he belongs.

24. Tejay Antone, Reds pitcher

Talent is not the problem when it comes to Tejay Antone. But can he stay healthy. When Antone is at his best, one could argue that he's the best reliever in the Cincinnati Reds bullpen. But after two Tommy John surgeries, his longevity and effectiveness will certainly come into question.

23. Connor Phillips, Reds pitcher

In terms of pure stuff, there may not be a better pitching prospect in the Reds farm system than Connor Phillips. A strong spring could put the right-hander on the cusp of Cincinnati's starting rotation, but walks have haunted the 22-year-old during the early stages of his career.

22. Luke Maile, Reds catcher

Luke Maile earned his contract extension with his strong play behind the plate in 2023. Now it's time for the University of Kentucky product to prove that he was deserving of it. Maile will split time with Tyler Stephenson in 2024, as it appears as though the three-catcher platoon is dead.

21. Will Benson, Reds outfielder

While his opportunities against lefties were limited in 2023, Will Benson struggled when given the chance to face southpaws. As it stands, Benson is a terrific platoon outfielder, but will have to make improvements against left-handers to secure an everyday spot in the Reds lineup.