The Daytona Tortugas are the second team in the Cincinnati Reds farm system to release their opening day roster (subject to change) – the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts released their roster late on Saturday night and Advanced-A Dayton released their roster Monday morning. Opening Day in the minors is Tuesday. Let’s take a quick look at who will be with the now Low-A Daytona Tortugas.
|SP||Bryce Bonnin||C||Wilfred Astudillo|
|SP||Evan Kravetz||C||Danile Vellojin|
|SP||Jason Parker||C||Garrett Wolforth|
|SP||Christian Roa||IF||Tyler Callihan|
|SP||Carson Spiers||IF||Rece Hinds|
|SP||Case Williams||IF||Ivan Johnson|
|RP||Juan Abril||IF||Reyny Reyes|
|RP||Frainger Aranguren||IF||Debby Santana|
|RP||Stevie Branche||IF||Leonardo Seminati|
|RP||Tanner Cooper||IF||Gus Steiger|
|RP||Jake Gozzo||IF||Michel Triana|
|RP||Nick Hanson||OF||Allan Cerda|
|RP||Ricky Karcher||OF||Austin Hendrick|
|RP||Carson Rudd||OF||Danny Lantigua|
|RP||Vin Timpanelli||OF||Wendell Marrero|
This roster is stacked. On the infield you’ve got five top 25 prospects. Rece Hinds, who spent some time last summer with the alternate site team. The player with perhaps the most raw power in the 2019 draft has played in just three games in his professional career after a quad injury kept him out for nearly the entire season. Michel Triana, a 7-figure signee in the 2019 international signing period out of Cuba is also known for his big time power, will join the infield. He has not played a professional game to this point in his career. Tyler Callihan was the 11th rated prospect in the organization the last time we updated our rankings last summer. Ivan Johnson will likely be playing shortstop with the Tortugas and got good reviews in his 2019 debut and last fall from instructional league.
The outfield is much like the infield – stacked with plenty of powerful bats. Austin Hendrick, the Reds 1st round pick last summer, had some of the best raw power in the draft (and showed some of it off this spring with a 460-foot homer that broke a window in a car). Allan Cerda is one of the toolsiest players in the system and likely mans center field on most days. Wendell Marrero hit .324 in his debut after the draft in 2019 and then spent this past winter playing in the Puerto Rican Winter League as a teenager.
The pitching on the Tortugas could also be quite strong. 2nd round pick in 2020 Christian Roa has picked up velocity this spring and looked strong out in Goodyear. He’ll be joined by Case Williams, who was acquired in the Jeff Hoffman trade with the Rockies, 2020 3rd round pick Bryce Bonnin, 6′ 8″ lefty and 2019 5th round pick Evan Kravetz, Jason Parker, and college reliever now turned starter Carson Spiers.
The bullpen has some good arms, but the one name that sticks out the most is Nick Hanson. The big right-handed pitcher was the 2016 3rd round pick by the Reds. But he’s thrown just 20.2 innings since being drafted as he’s dealt with some injury problems in his career. Vin Timpanelli is a converted college catcher who threw in just one game in his final season of college. Ricky Karcher started in 2018 and 2019 for Greeneville and Billings, but he’s now in the bullpen and was sitting in the upper 90’s this spring in Goodyear.
This could be a real fun team to watch this summer. Be careful where you park your car, though, or you might need a new windshield or perhaps some body work done to remove some dents.