Reds news: Fourth-rounder Mackenzie Wainwright signs

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 06: A detailed view of a Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 06: A detailed view of a Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /
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The Reds have reportedly inked fourth round pick Mackenzie Wainwright.

According to Jim Callis of MLB.com, the Cincinnati Reds have inked the first of their six 2020 MLB Draft picks. Mackenzie Wainwright signed a full-slot value with the Reds for $512,400, which is in line with where (113th pick) the outfield prospect in June’s draft.

Wainwright, who will now forgo his commitment to Ohio State University, was a rather shrewd selection by Cincinnati on Day 2 of the draft. Wainwright didn’t have much exposure on the high school circuit because of a stress fracture that limited his play in East Coast Pro.

Mackenzie “Mac” Wainwright profiles as an outfielder with a strong arm and untapped, raw power. In terms of where the youngster fits, his lack of speed makes him a solid candidate to find a home in right field if the power comes along.

Wainwright didn’t receive much publicity from the national media, as MLB.com and Baseball America did not have the 17-year old among their top prospects. However, FanGraphs ranked the right-handed hitter as the 152nd-best prospects in this year’s draft, saying Wainwright had a natural loft to his swing.

Mackenzie Wainwright, who says he’s friends with Reds first round draft pick Austin Hendrick, may have some time before he makes his big league debut. High school players rarely make significant strides in their development right away. However, a quick look at Tyler Stephenson will show you what patience can do. Stephenson is expected to make his major league debut in 2020.

Wainwright plays solid defense, and that will play at any level. A two-sport athlete, who also plays wide receiver for the St. Edwards football, has good arm strength and enough speed to make the necessary plays in one of the corner outfield spots.

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The signing is great news for the Cincinnati Reds and for Mackenzie Wainwright. The Reds have been lacking a power-hitting outfielder in their farm system. If Hendrick continues to pummel the baseball and Wainwright elevates his power in the coming years, Cincinnati could have a dynamic duo rocketing into the majors.