Reds roster prediction after the All-Star Break: Bullpen (8)
Alexis Diaz, Fernando Cruz, Lucas Sims, Buck Farmer, Ian Gibaut, Kevin Herget, Derek Law, Alex Young
With so many injuries and how much relievers are shuttled back and forth, predicting who's going to be part of the Cincinnati Reds bullpen after the All-Star break is really just a shot in the dark. But let's see if this is somewhere in the ballpark, shall we?
Alexis Diaz has been, arguably, the best player on Cincinnati's roster this season. Diaz has been clutch all season long and may well be this year's representative for the Reds in the All-Star Game.
Fernando Cruz and Lucas Sims have both had a few hiccups this season, but they are two of the more reliable relievers that David Bell can turn to late in games. Cruz relies heavily on his sinker while Sims goes to his bread-and-butter slider early and often.
The veteran trio of Buck Farmer, Ian Gibaut, and Derek Law have all pitched better than most fans probably expected. Farmer is a free agent after the season and may be made available at the trade deadline. Both Gibaut and Law have a couple years of team control remaining.
With Reiver Sanmartin on the 60-day IL, the Cincinnati Reds need a lefty in the bullpen. Alex Young was nails early on this season, but lately has seen his ERA slowly increase. Being the only southpaw in the pen, Reds manager David Bell may be relying on Young more than he already has in 2023.
If Tejay Antone is healthy, he'll be in the mix. The same can be said of Tony Santillan. But fans shouldn't expect to see either right-hander back so soon. Other options, due to injuries, would be Casey Legumina, Eduardo Salazar, and perhaps even Levi Stoudt, but let's assume Kevin Herget hangs on to that final spot in the Reds bullpen.