Saturday, December 28, 2013

Reds currently boast two top 30 draft picks after losing Choo

Although losing Shin-Soo Choo will most assuredly be tough to absorb next season, there is some good news that arises from the outfielder's departure.

By signing Choo, the Texas Rangers were forced to forfeit their first round pick (21st) in the 2014 Amateur Draft. By losing Choo, the Reds were awarded a pick in Round A of the compensatory portion of the draft.

All in all, this compensatory pick is currently slotted as the 30th overall selection in the entire draft. Additionally, Cincinnati also currently boasts the 20th overall pick as well.

Considering there are 30 teams that comprise Major League Baseball, having two picks in the top 30 is something to be excited about. No other club can currently make that statement. By comparison, the New York Yankees don't have a draft choice at all until No. 56 rolls around.

For the record, the Reds also hold the 59th and 95th overall position in the draft.

Some of the notable players that the Reds have drafted in between the first and third rounds in the past include Joey Votto, Todd Frazier, Zack Cozart, Billy Hamilton, Adam Dunn, Brett Tomko, Scott Sullivan, Chris Sabo, Joe Oliver, and Johnny Bench.

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