The Reds held the 14th overall pick in Monday's first round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft and with it they selected prep RHP Nick Travieso out of Archbishop McCarthy H.S. (Southwest Ranches, Fla.)
Here's the scouting report on the 18-year old from MLB.com:
The Florida high schooler was on the move up Draft boards as the spring progressed, thanks to some serious arm strength and the potential for a solid three-pitch mix.
Travieso can touch the mid 90s with his fastball, sitting comfortably in the 92-93 mph range, with very good movement in a downward plane. His buries his slider well down in the zone, with good late break to it. His changeup is deceptive at times, though he needs to improve his ability to keep it down in the strike zone.
Like with many young pitchers, he’ll need to refine his command at the next level, but he shows pretty solid presence and instincts on the mound while repeating a clean delivery fairly consistently. The fastball-slider duo alone would be enough for him to excel as a reliever, but he has the chance to develop into more than that down the line.
And here's another from CBSsports.com:
It's hard to imagine a high school player who throws 99 mph being buried on the depth chart, but after playing at two national powerhouse high schools, that may have been the case with Travieso. As a junior, Travieso got only 18 innings of work on the mound. But, as a senior, he showed marked signs of development nonetheless. The latest reports have the right-hander's fastball pushing into the mid 90s, with the ability to reach back for a little more at times. He's also added a respectable slider to his game. In April alone, Travieso threw a no-hitter, worked in a combined no-hitter and took another hitless outing into the seventh inning.
Travieso was named a Rawlings 1st Team All American after compiling an 8-1 record, 0.76 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, and 100 strikeouts in 65 IP during his senior campaign. Baseball America ranked him as the 40th best prospect in the 2012 draft (19th among pitchers) while ESPN's Keith Law tabbed him as no. 33 overall (18th among pitchers).
He becomes the third right-handed pitcher the Reds have taken with their first pick in the past four years, including the second straight high schooler after the team selected RHP Robert Stephenson (27th overall) in 2011.
Other notables on Travieso:
- He's currently committed to the University of Miami.
- He tossed a perfect game back on April 13th.
- Height: 6'2"
- Weight: 215 lbs.
Cincinnati holds the 49th and 57th overall selections as compensation for the loss of free agents Ramon Hernandez (COL) and Francisco Cordero (TOR), respectively, as well as the 78th overall pick in round two.
Rounds 2-15 will be completed on Tuesday beginning at noon ET. The rest of the Draft (rounds 16-40) will take place on Wednesday with a start time of noon ET as well. All rounds will be carried live on MLB.com.
This year marked the fifth time in franchise history that the club held the 14th overall selection and first since 2003. The prior times before that were 1999, 1997 and 1969.
To look back on all of the first round draft picks made by the Reds in years past, check out this link.