Originally Posted by dougdirt
He was 21 when drafted.
I know that, but the rules read that you have five full years in an organization before being required to protect a player if they were drafted at 18 and four years if drafted 19 or older. Since he was 21 when drafted, I believe the Reds have four full seasons before needing to protect him. Unless 2006 counts as a season, which I don't believe it does (though I may be mistaken), then 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 are the seasons they can leave him off the 40-man, then upon submitting protected rosters in November of next year, they'd have to add him to the 40-man roster.