Achieve and ascend is the game-plan for all prospects in the minor leagues. Cincinnati was generous…
The Reds haven't let many top picks get away over recent years. Below are the selections they'll try to add to the organization in 2014: 11th Round, Mitch Trees, C, Sacred Heart Griffin (IL) High School. Trees is a 6'2"/195# catcher with good athleticism behind the plate. At the plate he has good bat speed but needs to improve contact. He hasn't hit for much power yet, but he's only 18 years old, so that may improve. He will attend the University of Louisville if he doesn't sign.
12th Round, Montrell Marshall, 3B, South Gwinnett (GA) High School. Cincinnati stayed in the family on this one. Last year they employed Brandon Phillips's brother in their minor league system now they've added their All Star second baseman's cousin. He played shortstop in high school, but his 6'5"/215# frame will move him over to third base. If he plays collegiately it will be at Auburn, but the Reds will probably try hard to prevent that from happening.
13th Round, Zachary Correll, RHP, Joseph Case (MA) High School. Carroll has the size that teams like for starting pitchers (6'6"/230#). Because of it there's some thought that he can add some ticks to his fastball which currently sits in the high 80's/low 90's. He also has a breaking pitch and a changeup. Like most eighteen year old pitchers, he's considered raw. He was named Boston's Mr. Baseball and saw his stock rise late before the draft. Indications are that he will pursue a pro career and forego earlier plans to attend San Jacinto C.C.
14th Round, Jacob Ehret, RHP, UCLA. Cincinnati is not bashful about drafting former Bruins, picking Zach Weiss, Jeff Gelalich, and Beau Amaral over the previous couple of seasons. Ehret stands 6'3"/200# and throws a low/mid 90's fastball with a good slider. The 21 year-old is coming off his sophomore season and hasn't had much action in his college career, but he was eligible for the draft because of a redshirt season.
15th Round, Jimmy Pickens, RF, Michigan State. He's old for a college junior at 22 years, hit .316 AVG/.427 OB for the Spartans last year, and has fourteen career homers over two seasons. He's big (6'0"/200#) but still has good speed that he used to steal over 20 bases this year. His college career was not stopped by a selection in the 41st round by the Tigers in 2011.
16th Round, Garrett Boulware, C, Clemson. Boulware hit over .300 in each of the past two seasons for the Tigers while getting on base around .380 both times. He will turn 22 years old in September and has the size (6'1"/195#) needed behind the plate which gives reason to believe he can improve on his home run total of a combined twelve while playing regularly over the past two seasons.
17th Round, Jacob Moody, LHP, Memphis. Injury has prevented former Memphis pitcher Dan Langfield from seeing much action since Cincinnati drafted him in the third round back in 2012, but that did not prevent them from going after Moody this year. There's nothing in his collegiate stats that would justify drafting him at all and his size (5'9"/180#) will put him in the bullpen right off the bat. Actually in small amount of time he did make it to the mound he walked more batters than he pitched innings. Then again there's a mid-90's fastball that comes from the left side of his 21 year-old body which makes the Reds hopeful they can begin working with him in the short season.
18th Round, Roderick Bynum, CF, Monroe Catholic (AK) High School. He's considered the best prospect to come from his home state in a long time, but then again Alaska isn't really known for warm weather sports. He's 6'1"/185#, hits left-handed, and runs well enough to stick in centerfield. In the batter's box he has a quick bat that doesn't project much power, but could hit for a high average.
19th Round, Isaac Anderson, RHP, College of Southern Idaho. Andesron opted to return to junior college instead of pursuing 34th round selection by the Royals last year. He's 6'0"/190# and didn't begin pitching until he reached college, so he's even moreraw than most young prospects. His fastball hits the radar in the low-90's and he's working on a breaking ball.
20th Round, Conor Krauss, RHP, Seton Hall. Krauss is the second member of this year's Seton Hall rotation to be drafted by the Reds, along with sixth-rounder Jose Lopez. Unlike Lopez he pitched this past season for the Pirates and kept a 3.54 ERA while pitching mostly out of the bullpen. Incredibly the Pirates rotation was blessed with four starters each with ernies under three. He stands 6'5"/205# and throws a low-90's fastball so the Reds may be considering converting him into a starter. If so he'll have to reduce his walk rate which was almost one per inning last year.
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