Who could the Reds select to make an immediate impact?
It’s not often that you see a first-round draft pick make an immediate impact. However, given the circumstances surrounding the 2020 season, a few players taken in Round 1 could make their presence felt right away. Which three player could the Cincinnati Reds take 12th overall with the prospects of seeing him take the field this fall?
The 2020 season, assuming the players and owners work out an agreement, will be chalked full of firsts. We’ve already seen no baseball played on Memorial Day for the first time in 140 years. We’re likely to see more doubleheaders played in 2020 than any other time in the history of baseball. We could also see a record number of drafted players make their debut.
Typically, the Major League Baseball Draft operates much differently than that of the NBA and NFL. Teams hardly ever reach for need over value and it’s very rare to see a player make an immediate impact on the team that drafts him. However, this year’s crop of players offers a different outlook, as a few of the top pitchers could make their presence felt in 2020.
Former Reds starter Mike Leake, who was taken by Cincinnati in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft, made his big league debut in 2010. Former major leaguers Xavier Nady (2000) and John Olerud (1989) debuted the same year in which they were drafted. Will we see that again in 2020? Here are three candidates the Reds could draft who could make their presence felt this season.