Saturday, June 7, 2014

Reds load up on pitchers and infielders in first two days of draft


The Reds continued their run on nabbing right-handed pitchers and infielders in the 2014 MLB Draft in day two of the three-day event.

After making three picks in the first two rounds Thursday, Cincinnati made eight more selections in rounds 3-10 on Friday. Of the 11 draft choices the Reds have made at the time of this writing, five have been right-handed pitchers, five have been infielders and one has been a left-handed pitcher.

Here's a list of who the organization has drafted thus far:

19 - Nick Howard RHP Virginia
Note: Served as Virginia's closer this season, but Reds have expressed desire to let him start. Fastball ranges between 93-97 with mid-80s slider. Athleticism compared to Mike Leake.
29 - Alex Blandino SS Stanford
Note: Possesses quick bat, good plate discipline and ability to hit to all fields. Versatile defender as he can play 3B, SS or 2B. Will play shortstop for Reds in minors to start.
58 - Taylor Sparks 3B UC Irvine
Note: Earned Big West Conference Play of the Year honors and led U.S. National Collegiate Team in hitting over the summer. His size should translate to decent power down the road.
94 - Wyatt Strahan RHP USC
Note: Was a workhorse for Trojans as their ace and ate up a ton of innings. Fastball touches mid-90s with decent curve and deceptive changeup. Needs to improve control.
125 - Gavin LaValley 3B Carl Albert HS (OK)
Note: Batted .516/.618/1.126 with 54 HR and 202 RBI in 121 games while leading school to three straight state championships. Has drawn comparisons to Billy Butler and Mark Trumbo.
155 - Tejay Antone RHP Weatherford College (TX)
185 - Jose Lopez RHP Seton Hall
215 - Shane Mardirosian 2B Martin Luther King HS (CA)
245 - Brian O'Grady 1B Rutgers
275 - Brian Hunter RHP University of Hartford
305 - Seth Varner LHP Miami University (OH)

The draft concludes on Saturday with rounds 11-40.

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