The Triple-A Louisville Bats have released their opening day roster (subject to change). They are the final of the Cincinnati Reds four full-season teams to unveil their roster and it’s headlined by several of the top pitching prospects, including Tony Santillan and Vladimir Gutierrez. Let’s jump right on into the 28 guys that will be there opening day:
|SP||Vladimir Gutierrez||C||Rocky Gale|
|SP||Riley O’Brien||C||Chris Okey|
|SP||Tony Santillan||C||Beau Taylor|
|SP||Braden Shipley||IF||Brantley Bell|
|SP||Bo Takahashi||IF||Cheslor Cuthbert|
|RP||Tim Adleman||IF||Michael De Leon|
|RP||R.J. Alaniz||IF||Mike Freeman|
|RP||Brad Brach||IF||Errol Robinson|
|RP||Shane Carle||IF||Alfredo Rodriguez|
|RP||Brandon Finnegan||IF||Max Schrock|
|RP||Edgar Garcia||OF||Nicky Delmonico|
|RP||Josh Osich||OF||TJ Friedl|
|RP||Cionel Perez||OF||Scott Heineman|
|RP||Hector Perez||OF||Mark Payton|
|RP||Art Warren||OF||Dwight Smith Jr.|
The rotation features three of the Cincinnati Reds top 25 prospects with Gutierrez, Santillan, and Riley O’Brien. They’ll be joined by Braden Shipley and Bo Takahashi. Gutierrez spent the winter pitching for Licey in the Dominican Winter League and then was in big league camp with the Reds before joining the alternate site (in Louisville) when spring training was over. Much of the roster was already in Louisville as a part of the alternate site team.
Among the position player group the only top 25 prospect is outfielder TJ Friedl. Some of the guys here aren’t prospect list eligible, but many of the guys are veteran types who provide solid depth for the big league club if and when they need someone. Most of the group has spent at least some time in the big leagues in past seasons.
Brandon Finnegan did a little bit of starting and relieving in spring training but he’s going to be a reliever with Louisville this year. The lefty was initially in early minor league camp, but he performed well enough that in mid-March the Reds gave him an official invite to big league camp.
Here are the links to the other three full-season Cincinnati Reds affiliate rosters: