Since the inception of the Major League Baseball Draft in 1965, every team has had its fair share of hits and misses. The Cincinnati Reds are certainly no exception. Who are some of the Reds best selections of the first 10 rounds?
The Major League Baseball Draft is unlike any other in sports. Unlike the NBA and NFL where you’re selecting players for immediate impact, in baseball you’re taking a gamble on young players that general managers hope can contribute anywhere from three to five years down the road. The Cincinnati Reds have had a lot of success over the years.
Teams are constantly balancing a high wire act of choosing high school talent and college prospects. Some players only require some seasoning, while others are so raw that teams are attempting to mold them into possible major league assets.
How much scouting is required for the MLB draft? Consider the NFL draft has seven rounds, while the NBA features only two rounds. Last year’s first-year player draft lasted 3 days, encompassed 40 rounds, and over 1,200 players were selected.
In baseball, many times you’re selecting players to fill out your minor league rosters without entertaining the slightest notion of having them play at the major league level. To say Major League Baseball offers the greatest amount of uncertainty among other major sports’ drafts is an understatement.
Let’s take a look at some of the best young prospects to ever come through the Cincinnati Reds organization. The Reds have had some fantastic draft picks over the years and some names on the list may surprise you.