The Cincinnati Reds and the Daytona Tortugas have announced their 2024 opening day roster for the Single-A affiliate in the Florida State League. Let’s take a look at the full roster, and below we will have some write ups about each position group.

Pitcher Catchers
Cody Adcock Connor Burns
Gabriel Aguilera Alfredo Duno
Ben Brutti Andruw Salcedo
Brian Edgington Infielders
Jose Franco Johnny Ascanio
Jonah Hurney Ricardo Cabrera
Alex Johnson Trey Faltine
Anyer Laureano Carter Graham
Nestor Lorant Jack Moss
Simon Miller Yassel Pino
Jose Montero Dominic Pitelli
Nick Payero Carlos Sanchez
Nick Sando Outfielders
Adam Serwinowski Ariel Almonte
Dylan Simmons Yerlin Confidan
Gabe Starks Luis Leones
Esmith Pineda

The Pitchers

Among the group of 16 pitchers there’s no one ranked in the Top 25 Reds prospects, but there are some interesting arms in the group. Anyer Laureano throws harder than most guys in the farm system, touching triple digits in the past and was on the Spring Breakout roster this spring.

Jose Franco is returning to Daytona. He missed all of the 2023 season, but showed some interesting swing-and-miss stuff in 2022 before he was injured, racking up 104 strikeouts in 77.0 innings with the Tortugas that season.

Adam Serwinowski was one of the 10 prospects highlighted by Baseball America this week who stood out during minor league spring training. Last season while pitching in Arizona he had 43 strikeouts and 16 walks in 27.1 innings to go along with a 3.62 ERA.

The Infielders

This group includes two of the Reds Top 10 prospect. Alfredo Duno, the team’s #10 prospect, is making the jump from the Dominican Summer League to the full-season league this year as he joins Daytona. The now 18-year-old hit .303/.451/.493 last season with the DSL Reds. He was on the Spring Breakout roster with the club this spring. He didn’t catch last year – serving only as the designated hitter – but is expected to be behind the plate this upcoming season.

Ricardo Cabrera saw action in Daytona last year for the final week of the season. He spent the earlier part of the year playing in the complex league in Arizona. Over his 44 games between those two stops he hit .346/.475/.531 with 24 stolen bases and 16 extra-base hits.

Carlos Sanchez also saw action in Daytona in the final week last year. Like Cabrera, Sanchez played in 44 total games between his two stops. He hit .281/.468/.445 while walking as often as he struck out. During the offseason, he didn’t take time off, and instead headed to Australia where he played in 33 games for the Perth Heat in the Australian Baseball League.

The Outfielders

The outfield will be made up of two guys returning to Daytona and two guys making their first trip to the Florida State League.

Ariel Almonte and Yerlin Confidan are both returning to the Tortugas outfield. Confidan, the Arizona Complex League MVP in 2021, has struggled to stay on the field over the last two seasons and has played in just 96 games over the past two seasons. Almonte played in 97 games with Daytona last year, but struggled at the plate as he hit .203/.298/.299.

Esmith Pineda got out to a hot start to his career back in 2022, but in his third week of play he suffered an ankle injury and missed the rest of the season. Last year he moved up to Arizona and hit well. Over the course of his 63 professional games he’s hit .294/.382/.444 with 32 walks and 50 strikeouts.

Luis Leones didn’t get out to a good start in his career. Back in 2021 he hit just .189 with the Dominican Summer League Reds. He returned the following season and made a big improvement, hitting .296. That earned him a promotion up to the Arizona Complex League last year where he took another step forward. In 2023 he hit .323, walked significantly more than he had the previous two years combined, and showed a little more power than he had in the past, too.

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7 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    I’m guessing that Sanchez will start at short more than not, splitting time with Faltene, and that Cabrera will occupy 3B, with Ascanio and Pitelli at 2B and Graham and Moss at 1B, though I wouldn’t be surprised to see the latter in the OF, too. Duno and Burns catching will be exciting. It’d be good if the college guys can find their hitting strokes, as Faltene, Pitelli, Burns and Graham each have some hit tool questions.

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  2. MBS

    I wasn’t expecting Duno to make it to A ball for the start of the season. I’m feeling good about some of our catching combos down in A ball Duno/Burns, Hunter/Tanner.

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    • DaveCT

      Burns is a guy I can’t wait to see play. He’s supposed to be super twitchy and a complete baseball rat.

      Fun fact: When I coached youth baseball, I made a practice of taking the most ADHD kids on the team and having them play catcher. One, that kept them out of everyone’s hair. Two, they kinda did well with the constant activity.

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  3. RedsGettingBetter

    Will it be convenient to move Duno from DSL to single-A?
    I read days ago about José Montero is throwing very hard just about upper 90s…
    Ben Brutti could be an intriguing prospect to keep an eye on him…He received a high bonus when signed

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  4. Stock

    People I will be watching:

    Carlos Sanchez: In the futures game vs. the Rangers Sanchez batted clean-up. I thought this was interesting for several reasons. First many players on the team were in A+, AA or AAA. For him to be at the top of the line-up is impressive. But also because he has always been a singles hitter. That seemed to change a bit this winter in Perth.

    Alfredo Duno: I read in several places that his bat was ready for A ball. Very exciting to see him in full season ball.

    Adam Serwinowski: I have heard so many good things about him. Am looking forward to seeing if he can have enough control to be effective.

    Ben Brutti: I would love for him to stay healthy.

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