Dayton, Ohio – Four former Dayton Dragons players were added to the 40-man roster of the Cincinnati Reds for the first time on Tuesday evening, as announced by the Reds.
Former Dragons added to the Reds 40-man roster (listed with their season/s with the Dragons):
Elly De La Cruz, shortstop (2022)
Noelvi Marte, shortstop/third baseman (2022)
Lyon Richardson, starting pitcher (2019, 2021)
Ricky Karcher, relief pitcher (2021)
The Reds also added starting pitchers Brandon Williamson and Levi Stoudt to their 40-man roster. Both were acquired in 2022 trades and pitched at the Triple-A level at the completion of the season. Players added to the 40-man roster will participate in big league spring training in 2023.
Players had to be added to their major league club’s 40-man roster prior to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday to be protected from being selected by another team in next month’s Rule 5 draft if they were eligible for the draft. Players become eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 draft at the end of their fourth professional season (players who were under age 19 when originally signed become eligible after their fifth seasons). For next month’s Rule 5 draft, players originally signed in 2019 or earlier are eligible (or 2018 if the player was under age 19 when signed) if they are not on a 40-man roster.
De La Cruz, who spent most of the 2022 season with the Dragons, has gained national attention after an historic year. He became the first Dragons player to earn the Midwest League’s “Best MLB Prospect” honor since the club’s inaugural season of 2000, when Dayton outfielder Austin Kearns shared the honor with Peoria’s Albert Pujols. De La Cruz was also selected as Cincinnati Reds 2022 Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America.
With the Dragons in 2022, De La Cruz played in 72 games and batted .302 with 20 home runs. He became the first player in Dragons history and first Midwest League player since 1999 (Corey Patterson, Lansing) to hit at least .300 with at least 20 home runs and at least 25 stolen bases. Combining his Dayton statistics with those recorded at Double-A Chattanooga after he was promoted from the Dragons, De La Cruz became the first player anywhere in Minor League Baseball to hit at least 25 home runs, steal at least 40 bases, and hit at least .300 in a season since George Springer in 2013.
Marte joined the Dragons immediately…