Hot off of the presses! Or something like that, because it was actually an email and not a printing press. But the 2024 Louisville Bats roster is here. Let’s dive right in.

The Pitchers

  • Stevie Branche
  • Justin Bruihl
  • Alan Busenitz
  • Michael Byrne
  • Pedro Garcia
  • Tyler Gilbert
  • Brett Kennedy
  • Evan Kravetz
  • Brooks Kriske
  • Casey Legumina
  • Connor Phillips
  • Lyon Richardson
  • Christian Roa (7-day injured list)
  • Tony Santillan
  • Carson Spiers
  • Spencer Stockton
  • Randy Wynne

While the roster release doesn’t specify starters or relievers, we can make some educated guesses based on history. Connor Phillips, Lyon Richardson Brett Kennedy, Carson Spiers, and Randy Wynne have all done plenty of starting in the past, and all started last season. That feels like a safe bet for the rotation to begin the year. Christian Roa is listed on the roster, but he’s also going to be on the 7-day injured list to begin the season. The injury was not noted.

Phillips, Spiers, and Richardson are all on the Reds 40-man roster, and all made starts for the Reds last season. Randy Wynne and Brett Kennedy also pitched with the big league club last year, but are no longer on the 40-man roster.

Catchers

  • P.J. Higgins
  • Michael Trautwein
  • Austin Wynns

Michael Trautwein was one of the guys who stood out in spring training according to people who were in Goodyear in February and March. While he didn’t put up strong numbers in his limited at-bats with the big league club, he was impressing people on the backfields. He’s going to be a guy to keep an eye on and see if that translate onto the field in the regular season.

Infielders

  • Erik Gonzalez
  • Quincy McAfee
  • Alex McGarry
  • Hernan Perez
  • Francisco Urbaez

There’s a mix of guys here who spent much of the year in Double-A Chattanooga last year and newcomers into the organization. Alex McGarry struggled in his initial go with the Bats last season, but when he went back to Double-A he started to turn things around and crushed the ball for much of the year with the Lookouts.

Outfielders

  • Conner Capel
  • Blake Dunn
  • Rece Hinds
  • Jacob Hurtubise

The outfield is loaded with prospects. Three of the four guys listed here are Top 25 prospects in the organization. Blake Dunn is the club’s reigning minor league player of the year after hitting .312 with 23 home runs and 54 steals last season. Rece Hinds got out to a slow start in Chattanooga, but changes made in late May led to his turn around and him crushing the ball over the final four months of the season. Jacob Hurtubise was the team’s hitter of the year in the farm system, leading the organization in OPS while taking steps forward in his power output while maintaining a high average and walking more than he struck out. Conner Capel is new to the organization, but he’s got big league time in each of the last two years with St. Louis in 2022 and with Oakland in both 2022 and 2023.

While we have the Bats roster, it will probably be another week or so before we start seeing the other rosters. Louisville begins their season on Friday night. Daytona, Dayton, and Chattanooga all begin their season NEXT Friday night. Carson Spiers is scheduled to start Friday night’s game, and Lyon Richardson is set to start on Saturday. After that there’s no information.

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9 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    I’m surprised Miguel Hernandez isn’t on the roster. Even with Arroyo out all year at AA they also have Ivan Johnson and Jose Torres to play short stop.

  2. MK

    Higgins has experience at first and third bases and Trautwein can play the outfield but looks like they are a little short on position players. Really thought James Free, Eric Yang and Miguel Hernandez would be on the team.

    I hope Trautwein’s bat is ready for AAA,as it hasn’t been a world beater over the years, although it improved a lot in 2023.

    I think I heard the Dayton team is scheduled to be in town Saturday.

    • MBS

      I’m really surprised Free, and Hernandez are missing to. They only have 12 position players listed, that feels light for a AAA team.

      My guess on Hernandez is he’s taking Arroyo’s spot in AA, and González is considered the break glass in case of emergency SS, so they want him at AAA.

      Free is more of a head scratcher. The easy answer is to give as much playing time to McGarry at 1B at the AAA level to finalize their evaluation of him as a prospect. The only issue I have with that is McGarry plays OF now, and Free can catch, so they should have been able to roster both with sufficient PT.

  3. Melvin

    The outfield and pitching should be something to watch. Too bad we can’t see Arroyo this year.

  4. RedsGettingBetter

    I thought Connor Phillips was going to be the opening day starter for the Bats after being very solid in ST. Of course, Carson Spiers also deserves the chance so he pitched very good with the major team this spring. I’m surprised to see Randy Wynne in the roster because the last info I’ve read was he had been released by the Reds during the offseason…The Bats look pretty solid to be able to fight for the post season birth

  5. SultanofSwaff

    Should be an exciting outfield trio. Going to be a telltale year for Roa, Richardson, and Phillips–all 3 need to cut down on the walks in order to stick as starters. Richardson seems most likely to me.

  6. Krozley

    I’m guessing Louisville went heavy on pitchers for this first week and once Chattanooga starts next week we’ll see one or two position players added (Hernandez, I. Johnson, Free?) with a corresponding demotion for a couple relief pitchers (Garcia, Branche?).

  7. Redsvol

    Can you imagine what this team would do if Edwin Arroyo, Noelvi Marte, and Brandon Williamson were playing for them to start the season? That would be a must see minor league baseball team.

    Pitching staff looks really strong – especially if Roa can return soon. Good luck to Louisville, those fans deserve a winner.