Reds roster prediction after the 2023 All-Star break

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Matt McLain
Cincinnati Reds shortstop Matt McLain / Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
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The Cincinnati Reds have already begun to make some changes. Matt McLain made his major league debut back in May, and both Elly De La Cruz and Christian Encarnacion-Strand seem to be on the cusp of making it to The Show.

There's also the impending return of former MVP Joey Votto and a host of injured players, currently on the IL, who could be returning to the Reds lineup rather soon.

While Memorial Day is oftentimes a good moment in the season to pause and evaluate a team, the All-Star break is the next checkpoint on the MLB calendar. What might the Cincinnati Reds roster look like once we're on the other side of the Midsummer Classic?

Reds roster prediction after the All-Star Break: Starting rotation (5)

Hunter Greene, Graham Ashcraft, Brandon Williamson, Luke Weaver, Ben Lively

The Cincinnati Reds starting rotation was supposed to be the strength of this year's team. But the lack of success from the "Big Three" has been, not only disappointing, but it's crippled the bullpen as well.

Hunter Greene and Graham Ashcraft have both struggled with their third offering, and Nick Lodolo is currently on the Injured List. Greene and Ashcraft aren't going to be removed from the rotation, but one would hope that the pair make adjustments in the coming months and return to the level of play that's expected from them.

Lodolo's absence has nothing to do with his performance, but rather the injury that may eventually force him on to the 60-day IL. That injury may keep Lodolo out of action for a number of months. Hopefully Reds Country is able to see him back on the mound later this season.

Brandon Williamson has been a pleasant surprise thus far. The key piece of the trade with the Seattle Mariners last spring that sent Eugenio Suarez and Jesse Winker to the American League, Williamson has shown improvement in his command since making the leap to the bigs.

Luke Weaver has probably been better than advertised, and could be shopped once the MLB trade deadline arrives. But so long as Weaver is on the Reds roster, expect the right-hander to occupy a spot in the starting rotation.

Ben Lively has pitched too well not to be on the roster. However, his future may not be in the starting rotation, but rather in the bullpen. Cincinnati doesn't really have many relievers that can go multiple innings, and Lively would be well-suited for that role.

When will Andrew Abbott make his major league debut? While he's not on the 40-man roster and is entering just his first full season of minor league ball, Abbott has been nothing but consistent at Triple-A. The lefty could replace Lively in the rotation, but for now, it's safe to assume he'll remain in the minors.