I am by no means an expert on the MLB draft. In fact, it is easily the hardest draft to predict of all the four major sports in America.
I have read Mike Silva’s mock draft in past years, and I have found it to be as accurate as any mock draft now-a-days. In this new information age, everyone and their mother has a mock draft out, but Silva, of New York Baseball Digest, does a really thorough and solid job, so I thought I would pass it along.
Silva is correct that the Reds often opt for drafting college players that will reach the majors quickly. However, they also can more accurately predict the career of a college player. In recent years, the Reds have signed young players from the international market and have drafted high school players in later rounds of the draft.
I agree with Silva that the Reds will likely select a pitcher unless a solid hitter falls into their lap. The Reds have a lot more hitting prospects knocking on the door of the majors than they have pitchers. With names like Alonso, Mesoraco, Grandal, and Sappelt all knocking on the door, the Reds will replenish their stock of young arms with a guy like Anthony Meo. Meo is a power arm who throws three pitches while just two of them are great. If he develops a changeup, he can be a starter, and if not, many believe, like Silva said, that he could be a good closer.
In other mocks, I have seen the Reds selecting John Stilson, a RHP from Texas A & M. Regardless of who the selection may be, I believe pitching is likely to be addressed. Silva has Stilson going 30th to the Minnesota Twins. The Reds draft 27th.
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