2012 Cincinnati Reds Roster, Record Prediction

Well, it’s about that time. Pitchers and catchers will be reporting for the Cincinnati Reds exactly 10 days from now (Feb. 18). It’s shaping up to be an exciting year in the Queen City and here is a quick rundown on what the 25-man Opening Day roster will look like, including the starting pitching rotation, the bullpen, the starting lineup, the reserves and even players that will likely begin the season at Triple-A Louisville that might end up helping the team this year. Also included is TWC’s prediction for the Reds’ 162-game record and how they’ll finish in the National League Central division.

Here we go:

2012 CINCINNATI REDS

STARTING ROTATION (5)

  1. Mat Latos
  2. Johnny Cueto
  3. Mike Leake
  4. Homer Bailey
  5. Bronson Arroyo
  6. Aroldis Chapman (might begin year in AAA Louisville)

BULLPEN (7)

     1. Closer: Ryan Madson
     2. Left-handed set-up: Sean Marshall
     3. Right-handed set-up: Nick Masset
     4. Left-handed specialist (LOOGY): Bill Bray
     5. Right-hander: Jose Arredondo
     6. Right-hander: Logan Ondrusek
     7. Long-reliever/Emergency starter: Sam LeCure (RH)

LINEUP (8)

  1. Brandon Phillips – 2B
  2. Zack Cozart – SS
  3. Joey Votto – 1B
  4. Scott Rolen – 3B
  5. Jay Bruce – RF
  6. Chris Heisey/Ryan Ludwick – LF
  7. Devin Mesoraco/Ryan Hanigan – C
  8. Drew Stubbs – CF

RESERVES (5)

  1. Willie Harris – OF/UTL
  2. Wilson Valdez – SS/2B
  3. Miguel Cairo – 3B/2B/1B
  4. Heisey/Ludwick – OF
  5. Mesoraco/Hanigan – C

PREDICTION

94-68, NL Central champions

OTHER CANDIDATES TO CONTRIBUTE

  1. Dioner Navarro – C
  2. Jeff Francis – LHP
  3. Denis Phipps – OF
  4. Todd Frazier – UTL
  5. Juan Francisco – 3B
  6. Josh Judy – RHP
  7. Andrew Brackman – RHP
  8. Paul Janish – SS
  9. Jordan Smith – RHP
  10. Clay Zavada – LHP
  11. Ron Mahay – LHP
  12. Donnie Joseph – LHP
  13. Chris Valaika – 2B/SS/3B
  14. Clayton Tanner – LHP
  15. Corky Miller – C
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