The Cincinnati Reds made their second round of roster cuts this spring. On Friday evening before the game began in Goodyear the Reds optioned seven players and assigned another to minor league camp.

Let’s take a look at the players that were optioned to Triple-A Louisville:

  • Ariel Hernandez
  • Jose Lopez
  • Keury Mella
  • Jesus Reyes
  • Shed Long
  • Aristides Aquino
  • Jose Siri

Now, it needs to be pointed out that simply being optioned to Triple-A does not mean that these players will begin their season with the Louisville Bats. This is just a procedural move to send them out of big league camp. Among that group, only Ariel Hernandez seems like a lock to be in Louisville. There’s a chance for Jose Lopez, Keury Mella, and Jesus Reyes. I’d fully expect Shed Long and Aristides Aquino to wind up back in Double-A Pensacola to start the year. Jose Siri, I’d venture to guess is almost a certainty to begin in Advanced-A Daytona.

The team also reassigned Rafael De Paula to minor league camp. He was a non-roster invitee. He threw 1.1 shutout innings over his two appearances this spring.

Joe Mantiply undergoes Tommy John surgery

The Cincinnati Reds brought Joe Mantiply into the fold this offseason and the left handed reliever was competing for a spot as a possibly LOOGY in the bullpen. The 27-year-old had just a few innings in the Majors in his career. However, he posted a 2.83 ERA in Triple-A for the Yankees in 2017. Word came out earlier this afternoon that he had torn his UCL and had undergone Tommy John surgery this week. He will obviously now miss the entire season. John Fay was the first to report this.


6 Responses

  1. Bill

    Auburn’s Casey Mize just through a no-hitter; 13 Ks, 0 BB. One base runner reached on a fielding error by the SS.

  2. MK

    I wonder if they actually do physicals on the guys they sign and trade for.

  3. HavaKlu

    If this was the second round of cuts this spring, who was in the first?

    Also—-the one who got away—-Micah Johnson is hitting .400 for the Rays and playing CF.

    • IndyRedsFan


      1) go to the search area at the top of the page and enter “roster”. You’ll see Doug’s article from Mar 2.

      2) Johnson, after being waived by Reds and claimed by Giants, was waived by Giants and was claimed by Rays. Rays waived him and he was not claimed by any of the other 29 teams. He’s in Rays camp as a non-roster invite. Hope he maintains the 400 avg….but doubt that he will.