Adam Duvall made an opening day roster for the first time in his career.
The still muddled Reds’ pitching roster is less muddled, after early morning meetings in Goodyear. The makeup of the outfield, most prominently leftfield, is a bit clearer.
The Reds optioned Tyler Holt to Triple A Louisville. This removes him from the competition between left-handed batting Scott Schebler and Jake Cave and right-handed hitting Yorman Rodriguez. Adam Duvall was told he made the team by manager Bryan Price and is likely to be the opening day leftfielder. Price is planning to platoon players in left.
Duvall leads the team with 20 hits, four home runs and 17 RBI.
Schebler is hitting .288 with hits and at least one RBI in the last four games.
Rodriguez is hitting .225 with one double and one RBI.
Rodriguez is out of options and Cave would have to clear waivers and be offered back to the New York Yankees if he is not on the 25-man roster.
RHP Drew Hayes, Ryan Mattheus, Pedro Villarreal and J.C Ramirez were re-assigned to minor league camp. All of them were on minor league contracts. LHP Chris O’Grady was a Rule V pick. He cleared waivers and was offered back to the Los Angeles Angels, who have three days to decide to reclaim him for $25,000. RHP Blake Wood is out of options.
There are 35 players remaining in the major league camp. There are 38 players on the 40-man roster and three players, who would need to be added. RHP Dyan Diaz, RHP Tim Melville and C/INF/OF Jordan Pacheco are the last three non-roster invitees left.
Melville is available to start the third game of the season against Philadelphia. The Reds would have to add him to one of the open roster spots to do so or they can recall Robert Stephenson or allow Keyvius Sampson to make the start.
Melville pitched six strong innings against the Indians on Saturday. Melville has allowed 11 earned runs in 17 1/3 innings but the Reds like his stuff and his change up has come along during camp.
Dyan Diaz has a 3.86 ERA in nine appearances.
Wood led the International League with 29 saves in 57 games with a 3.53 ERA for Indianapolis last year. This spring Wood gave up 10 runs in his first seven appearances but has not been scored upon in his last two.
Hayes was the surprise in the roster moves today. He pitched the best among the non-roster pitchers but his status cost him a opening day spot.
“He pitched well and put himself on the map,” said Price of the reliever, who pitched 10 innings in eight appearances. He allowed one earned run. Hayes walked four, three in one outing and struck out 13. “Roster considerations affected him but he put himself in position to be called up early in the season, like De Jesus did last year.”
The late signing of veteran right-hander Ross Ohlendorf took up a roster spot that Hayes could have filled.
“When he gets his fastball down, he is really good,” Price said.
The last bench positions come down to Jordan Pacheco and Jose Peraza.
Peraza hit .305 and Pacheco .319 this spring. Both can play multiple positions with Pacheco providing the luxury of a third catcher. There is internal debate on whether Peraza would benefit more from playing everyday in Louisville or filling in three or four times a week in Cincinnati. He can play all of the infield and outfield positions and in particular centerfield to back up Billy Hamilton. Peraza could allow Zack Cozart extra days off as he builds endurance after his knee injury.
INF Ivan De Jesus Jr. was also informed that he will be on the roster.