The Cincinnati Reds have added four more players to their spring breakout roster today. This makes five new players on top of the original 24 players who were announced. Last week the club added right-handed reliever Andrew Moore to the roster and today they’ve added four more . Arij Fransen and Gabe Starks are both now on the Spring Breakout roster for the game against the Texas Rangers on Thursday. Simon Miller and Dylan Simmons were both added to the roster for the game against the Cleveland Guardians on Saturday.

Right-handed pitcher Arij Fransen has been with the Reds for each of the last three years. He has pitched for the Arizona Complex League Reds and the Daytona Tortugas in that time. After a strong debut in 2021 when he had 43 strikeouts and three walks in 33.1 innings to go along with a 3.78 ERA for the ACL Reds, he’s struggled a bit since. In 2022 he posted a 6.95 ERA between the ACL Reds and the Daytona Tortugas while throwing a combined 64.2 innings. Last year was all spent with Daytona where he threw 81.1 innings with 85 strikeouts and 36 walks to go along with a 6.09 ERA.

Gabe Starks has never pitched for the Reds before, so if the name caught you by surprise it’s not your fault. He pitched in the MLB Draft League last summer, but went unselected. Cincinnati signed him on July 25th as an undrafted free agent, but he didn’t pitch after that.

Starks began his career at Arkansas where he pitched in 16 games and threw 15.2 innings between his freshman and sophomore seasons. He then transferred to Texas-Arlington in 2023 where he made 15 starts and posted a 6.54 ERA, striking out 72 batters and walking 33 in his 74.1 innings pitched. With State College in the MLB Draft League he made six starts and threw 20.0 innings with a 5.85 ERA where he walked 13 and struck out 20.

In the one game he pitched for State College that had pitch tracking he threw a fastball and a slider. The 4-seam fastball averaged 94 MPH and his slider averaged 82.7 MPH. His fastball has some cutting action to it according to the pitch data from that game.

On Saturday you’ll get a chance to see Simon Miller. He was the Reds 12th round pick in 2023 and he appeared in one game after the draft and threw a shutout inning for Daytona. That day he topped out at 94.5 MPH with his sinker while mixing in both a change up and a slider. In three seasons with Texas-San Antonio he got better each season. As a freshman he posted a 6.90 ERA. In 2023 as a junior his ERA was 2.30 and he had 81 strikeouts with 18 walks in 70.1 innings out of the bullpen.

You’ll also get a chance to see Dylan Simmons. The righty was the club’s 15th round pick last summer. He did not pitch after the draft. He spent the first three years of his college career with Florida State, pitching in 21 games out of their bullpen – with 17 of those coming in 2022 when he posted an ERA of 12.00 while giving up 31 hits in 15.0 innings. He transferred to Pittsburgh for his senior season and posted a 4.58 ERA in 39.1 innings while striking out 60 batters to go along with 17 strikeouts.

Here’s the updated full roster:

# Pitchers # Infielders
21 Ty Floyd 3 Austin Callahan
37 Ryan Cardona 4 Cam Collier
40 Hunter Parks 7 Carlos Jorge
49 Cody Adcock 15 Carlos Sanchez
72 Gabe Starks 25 Sal Stewart
79 Andrew Moore 27 Victor Acosta
80 Arij Fransen 80 Edwin Arroyo
81 Anyer Laureano 85 Tyler Callihan
81 Rhett Lowder Outfielders
84 Julian Aguiar 2 Ethan O’Donnell
Simon Miller 9 Jay Allen II
Dylan Simmons 21 Hector Rodríguez
Catchers 28 Esmith Pineda
6 Alfredo Duno 89 Jacob Hurtubise
32 Cade Hunter
94 Michael Trautwein
95 Mat Nelson


2 Responses

  1. corkedbat

    Will the Breakout games be televised anywhere this weekend?

    • Doug Gray

      MLB dot com has both of the Reds contests – Thursday and Saturday.