Well, it looks like the Reds beat me to the punch (and I screwed up by planning to have the article on the position players ready to go in the morning, but it seems it’s moot to run now since they’ve made their decisions) and have announced three roster moves. To protect players from the Rule 5 draft, players must be added to the 40-man roster by 11:59pm on Friday. The Reds got ahead of the game and made their moves this evening and added three pitchers to the roster.

Right handed starters Robert Stephenson and Sal Romano were added to the 40-man roster along with right handed reliever Stephen Johnson. If you read my article on which pitchers the team will protect from Wednesday, you would have noticed I had them down as locks. Where I really messed up was including Keury Mella, who apparently isn’t Rule 5 eligible this season. He signed on September 9th of 2011. My understanding of the rule was that a player was eligible if he signed under 19-years-old, which Mella was, for their 5th Rule 5 draft. This would be the 5th one for Mella, but after reading more into the rules, apparently it’s only once a guy begins playing that counts, which my spreadsheet didn’t account for. Sorry about that one, I messed it up.

It would seem that the organization isn’t going to be adding any position players to protect from the Rule 5 draft that takes place in two weeks. The biggest name on the list of eligible position players is Aristides Aquino, but given how his 2015 season played out and how far he is from the big leagues, there’s no risk of him being selected. Seth Mejias-Brean is draft eligible, as is Steve Selsky. I wouldn’t expect to see either player selected, but as I said in the comments section the other day, if Sergio Valenzuela can be drafted (by the Reds) after his 2007 season, anything is possible.

In the last two weeks I’ve written up season reviews and scouting reports on both Robert Stephenson and Sal Romano (which actually was posted just this morning). If you’d like to read those, be sure to check them out.

13 Responses

  1. Norwood Nate

    No surprises. These are three obvious guys that have been discussed for a while. Glad to hear the Reds didn’t roll the dice with Mella.

    This year I’m far more interested in hearing about who wasn’t protected that the Reds could look pick up in the Rule V draft.

  2. James Walker

    Easy choices on the pitchers.

    Once again the dearth of positional depth shows through.

  3. Sandheel

    I am really disappointed, and surprised, to see Sampson, Mattheus and Skipworth protected.

    • Krozley

      They have until December 2 to decide whether or not they want to tender contracts to arbitration (Mattheus) and pre-arbitration players. So they could still decide to drop more players. Since Sampson, Skipworth, and Lamarre are not really blocking anybody at the moment, they will probably remain for now, but could always be dropped later if better players come along.

      • Doug Gray

        Correct. If the team needs to make roster spots available for free agency, or trades, there are spots that can be cleared. Those guys, along with a few others could be up for debate on who to drop.

    • Doug Gray

      I’m supposed to know the rules though. That one is on me and I should have known better.

  4. MikeD

    You’re absolutely right Doug. You are fired! Who is now willing to step up and fill Doug’s shoes? Qualifications are: willing to dedicate a ca-zillion hours to learning about every Reds minor league player, potential draftees, update late night results, travel on a shoestring budget so we can all enjoy firsthand info, have a passion unmatched for the Reds and do it all for very little monetary gain. Never mind Doug, you can keep your job! Thank you again and again!

    • Chris in NC

      I’ve been scouring the web since the final 40-man additions were made, reading everything I can get my hands on.

      The most interesting guy to me is Yankees AAA outfielder, Jake Cave.


      • Doug Gray

        He profiles best as a 4th outfielder, which isn’t usually something you see taken too often, at least early. Maybe if he’s still around when the 2nd round of the Rule 5, they would lean that direction. Generally though, position players are taken who have starter upside, even if they aren’t ready to be that guy right now.

  5. Chris in NC

    I’ve seen Teoscar Hernandez (HOU) and Dwight Smith (TOR) listed as Rule 5 prospects, but I like Cave better now, and I think he’s got a little more upside. Grasping at straws, I guess, but the sucking chest wound in left field has got to be addressed.

    In the end I guess it’ll be a camp battle between Winker, Roriguez, Suarez, and a third tier FA…

    • HavaKlu

      Tyler Goeddel, not protected by the Rays, is a much better prospect than Cave and one who is getting better every year.

    • Doug Gray

      I don’t think that Winker will be given a realistic chance to win the job in the spring. There’s just no reason to start his clock this early. The job will be Rodriguez’ to lose. If the Reds are playing Suarez out there – God help us.