June 25, 2021

Cincinnati Reds add Tyler Stephenson, Tony Santillan to 40-man roster (Red Reporter)


In a move that should surprise precisely zero people, the Cincinnati Reds added catcher Tyler Stephenson and pitcher Tony Santillan to their 40-man roster on Wednesday, officially protecting them from being draftable in next month’s Rule 5 Draft at baseball’s Winter Meetings. The deadline to add players to the roster was today at 8 PM ET, and the Reds weren’t about to leave two of their prized prospects to the bidding of the other 29 MLB clubs, as they revealed on Twitter earlier.

As you can see from the tweet, pitchers Ryan Hendrix and Tejay Antone were also added to the roster.

Stephenson and Santillan – selected in the 1st and 2nd rounds of the 2015 MLB Draft, respectively – aren’t just two of the Reds most prized prospects, they’re also two of the more MLB-ready ones in the system, and that’s precisely what made them obvious adds at this juncture. The way the Rule 5 selection system works, for those unaware, allows teams to select players who have spent the requisite amount of time in other teams’ minor league systems without cracking the roster and keep them for their own, provided that they keep them on their active roster after being selected. In other…

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