4. Brandon Williamson, rookie Reds pitcher
Brandon Williamson failed to make the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster out of spring training. After being added to the 40-man roster during the offseason, Williamson worked hard to find a spot in the rotation while pitching in Goodyear.
But, it was not to be. The Reds instead went with a rotation of Hunter Greene, Graham Ashcraft, Nick Lodolo, Connor Overton, and Luis Cessa. But, as things oftentimes do, the situation changed. After Cessa was DFA'd and Overton and Lodolo landed on the IL, it became neessary to find a replacement.
Williamson had struggled with command and control down in the minors, but became the Reds most reliable starting pitcher after the All-Star break. I have to admit, I did not see this coming from Williamson following his 2022 performance down on the farm. But the left-hander looks the part heading into next season.
The Cincinanti Reds starting rotation is going to be full heading to Goodyear, and that doesn't even include some potential additions through free agecny or trades this offseason. But after seeing the success that Williamson had in 2023, it's hard not see him in the mix on Opening Day next season.