Today is the day that we get the rest of the Cincinnati Reds minor league team rosters for the start of 2019. The Low-A Dayton Dragons roster came out on Friday. The Daytona Tortugas released their roster early this morning. The Chattanooga Lookouts roster from Double-A was released just before lunch. Now we get the final roster, the Triple-A Louisville Bats.
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Nick Senzel headlines the Louisville Bats roster. This is a bit interesting because he is not listed on the injured list after injuring his ankle in spring training. The roster is preliminary and is subject to change before the season begins. In fact, it’s going to have to because there are 28 players listed here and that’s over the Triple-A active roster limit. The rest of the outfield for the Bats is quite intriguing. Brian O’Grady and Phillip Ervin will both look to build upon their 2018 seasons that were partially spent with the Bats. Aristides Aquino moves up to Triple-A after spending two seasons with Pensacola, and they’ll all be joined by newcomer Kyle Wren.
The infield is made up of many guys who saw time with the Bats last season. Nick Longhi saw action with the Bats in the second half, playing both on the infield and in the outfield last season. Blake Trahan and Hernan Iribarren spent their entire 2018 campaigns with the Bats while in the minors. Josh VanMeter spent most of his season there, too – playing in 98 games for Louisville. Chris Okey will make his Triple-A debut when he takes the field for the first time.
On the mound there are going to be a whole heck of a lot of interesting names. Vladimir Gutierrez is the top pitching prospect on the team. The right-handed pitcher ranks as the organizations 8th best prospect. He posted a 2.92 ERA in his final 16 starts last season in Double-A and will be getting his first taste of Triple-A this season. Keury Mella joins him as one of the other Top 25 prospect on the pitching staff. The 15th rated prospect will be returning to Louisville, where he spent part of his second half in 2018. Reliever Jimmy Herget, the Reds 20th rated prospect will be coming out of the bullpen for the third consecutive season.
It’s not just prospects, though. Former top prospects who have spent too much time in the Majors to qualify as “prospects” are also on the roster. Sal Romano and Cody Reed both are making the move to the bullpen this season within the Reds organization and should, at least while they remain with the Bats, set up one heck of a relief group.
Here is the entire Louisville Bats roster:
|RHP||Anthony Bass||C||Juan Graterol|
|RHP||Matt Bowman||C||Chris Okey|
|RHP||Vladimir Gutierrez||IF/OF||Nick Longhi|
|RHP||Jimmy Herget||IF/OF||Josh VanMeter|
|LHP||Ian Krol||IF||Blake Trahan|
|RHP||Jose Lopez||IF||Christian Colon|
|LHP||Juan L. Martinez||IF/OF||Sherman Johnson|
|RHP||Keury Mella||IF/OF||Hernan Iribarren|
|RHP||Jesus Reyes||OF/1B||Brian O’Grady|
|RHP||Sal Romano||OF||Phillip Ervin|
|RHP||Lucas Sims||OF||Aristides Aquino|
|RHP||Jackson Stephens||OF||Kyle Wren|
|RHP||Rob Wooten||OF||Nick Senzel|