Will this Reds non-roster invitee finally realize his major league dream?

Tommy Eveld at Miami Marlins Photo Day
Tommy Eveld at Miami Marlins Photo Day / Mark Brown/GettyImages

The Cincinnati Reds signed right-hander Tommy Eveld to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. Eveld has spent the last four years as part of the Miami Marlins organization.

Eveld was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth-round of the 2016 MLB Draft. That year, the Reds took Nick Senzel in Round 1 and also selected players like Taylor Trammell, Chris Okey, and Ryan Hendrix.

Eveld has spent his entire professional career in the minor leagues and owns a career-ERA of 2.91 with 307 punch outs over 266.1 innings of work. Will Eveld finally realize his major league dream this season?

Will Reds NRI Tommy Eveld finally realize his major league dream?

Tommy Eveld will enter Reds spring training looking to land a spot in the Cincinnati bullpen. With so many Reds relievers returning from injury, there's a chance that Eveld may be well positioned to actually be part of the team's Opening Day roster.

Tejay Antone will miss Opening Day for the second year in a row. After undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2021 and missing in the entire 2022 season, Antone announced last week that he'd suffered a forearm injury and will be out for the start of the 2023 season.

Fellow reliever Lucas Sims is also returning from injury. After undergoing back surgery last season, it's questionable as to whether or not Sims will be ready for Opening Day as well. There's also Tony Santillan. The former second-round pick suffered a back injury midway through the 2022 season.

And let's not pretend that the Reds relief corp is filled with a lot of top talent. Tommy Eveld will have some competition, but players like Michael Lorenzen, Amir Garrett, and Raisel Iglesias are no longer anchoring the Reds bullpen.

Aside from Alexis Diaz, Fernando Cruz, and Buck Farmer, the competition is wide open. This spring may be Eveld's best chance to actually realize his dream of pitching in the big leagues. Pitchers and catcher report to Goodyear later this week.

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