The Cincinnati Reds have made four roster moves today as they finalized their Opening Day 30-man roster. The team added infielders Matt Davidson and Christian Colon to the 30-man roster, but both players were non-roster invites to camp and needed to be added to the 40-man roster. To create room on the 40-man roster the organization designated two relievers for assignment – left-handed reliever Josh Smith and right-handed reliever Justin Shafer.
Justin Shafer pitched in 34 games last season with the Blue Jays, posting a 3.86 ERA in 39.2 innings with 39 strikeouts. But his WHIP was also 1.66 after giving up 41 hits and walking 25 batters – he walked the tight rope often, but got away with it. He didn’t pitch much during spring training in Goodyear, throwing just one inning.
Josh Smith made his Major League debut last season with Cleveland in May, was waived in September and picked up by the Marlins. Between those two stops he pitched in 14 games with an ERA of 6.39 over 12.2 innings with 11 walks and 14 strikeouts. Miami put him on waivers in October and the Reds picked him up. Out in Goodyear he pitched in five games and allowed five runs in 5.2 innings with four walks and six strikeouts while also hitting two batters.
Those moves drop the Cincinnati Reds player pool down to 55 total players. On the Prasco Park roster, which I’m essentially treating as the minor leagues for this year, there are now 24 players at the alternate site. Here’s an updated look at who remains on that roster.
|RHP||RJ Alaniz||C||Mark Kolozsvary|
|RHP||Tejay Antone||C||Francisco Pena|
|LHP||Jesse Biddle||C||Tyler Stephenson|
|RHP||Matt Bowman||INF||Alex Blandino|
|RHP||David Carpenter||SS||Jose Garcia|
|RHP||Jose De Leon||INF||Jonathan India|
|RHP||Hunter Greene||INF||Alfredo Rodriguez|
|RHP||Ryan Hendrix||OF||Aristides Aquino|
|RHP||Joel Kuhnel||OF||Stuart Fairchild|
|LHP||Nick Lodolo||OF||Boog Powell|
The team can still add players to the player pool roster if they choose to. General Manager Nick Krall noted that would be considered earlier this week when the roster was still sitting at 57 players.
Looking at the roster for the guys at Prasco Park the one thing that really stands out is that among the 14 pitchers that are there, only Nick Lodolo and Jesse Biddle are left-handed. With the new 3-batter minimum, having a lefty specialist in the bullpen isn’t as valuable as it once was. And with the big league roster having three lefties in the bullpen right now, the team isn’t without them – but that could be an area of depth the team looks at addressing down the road if someone pops up on the market.