At the beginning of this season the Reds had three relievers unavailable on the DL. At that time no…
The Reds have possibly the deepest bullpen in the majors and it will be difficult for any prospects to crack it any time soon. That's just as well, because there aren't any top prospects that figure to be knocking at the door this season. There are still a lot of live arms and what with the nature of the job it takes neither many good innings to jump up the list nor bad ones to fall down. Relievers in this site's top thirty prospects: Carlos Contreras First of all, J.J. Hoover is good enough to rate high on the list, but he spent too much time on the Cincinnati roster to be considered a rookie in 2013. His MLB ERA was around a flat two in 28 appearances and he even tossed scoreless innings in the playoffs. On most teams he would be penciled in a primary role, but the Reds would have to forego a second southpaw in the pen to make room for him. When he was at Louisville last year the 25 year-old right-hander was a lights-out closer. He throws a variety of pitches and may even be...
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