The Cincinnati Reds have added two players to the 60-man player pool tonight. One of them isn’t a surprise given that we talked about Hunter Greene arriving in Cincinnati the other day – and he’s now officially in the player pool for the Reds. The other is a bit of a surprise as the team added catcher Mark Kolozsvary to the player pool.
For the Reds, it makes sense to get another catcher onto the roster for Prasco Park where you are going to need a few guys to catch all of the pitching that’s going on there. Not that there’s anything wrong with Mark Kolozsvary being that guy – he’s very well regarded as a defensive catcher – but it’s more of a surprise given that the team didn’t have him in big league spring training, but did have Chris Okey there – who was not the guy that was brought in.
In 2019 Mark Kolozsvary spent all season catching for the Daytona Tortugas. He split some time behind the plate with Hendrik Clementina, leading to just 79 games played during the season. His glove was certainly ahead of his bat – he hit just .188/.341/.321 in the pitcher friendly league. But as noted above, he’s a very well regarded defensive player and he threw out 35% of opposing base runners for the Tortugas while handling the pitching staff.
For Hunter Greene – this is no surprise today. We all knew this was coming a few days ago. He, like Kolozsvary, will be at Prasco Park to get in work and continue to develop. Depending on how things shake out with his development, and the big league staff (as well as other pitchers at Prasco), there’s a chance that the young right-handed pitcher could see action this season in the Major Leagues. That’s not a sentence that would have made much sense in a normal year, but things are just different in 2020.
The Reds also optioned Alex Blandino to the Prasco Park roster and officially selected the contract of Nate Jones.