Reds: 5 MLB Draft prospects that should be on the shortlist

Feb 19, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Reds general manager Nick Krall and manager David Bell answer questions at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 19, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Reds general manager Nick Krall and manager David Bell answer questions at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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BOSTON, MA – JULY 14: A general view of the field during a Boston Red Sox summer camp workout. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /

5. Boston College outfielder Sal Frelick should be on the Reds’ shortlist.

Massachusetts native Sal Frelick got to live out the dream of playing college baseball for his home-state Boston College Eagles. Frelick parlayed a fantastic 2021 season at BC into a likely first-round selection, and if the 21-year-old is still on the board at No. 17, the Cincinnati Reds shouldn’t hesitate for one second.

At 5-foot-9, 175-pounds, Frelick may be deemed undersized, but that hasn’t stopped him from showcasing his oversized talent on the baseball diamond. If there’s a ball in the strike zone, Frelick is going to put it in play. In terms of pure hitters, Frelick may be the best in the 2021 MLB Draft. He’s had an OPS over 1.000 for the past two seasons.

This young man is intense, and he brings that bravado onto the playing field game-in and game-out. Frelick isn’t going to give you opposite field power, but he’s going to put the bat on the ball, and certainly has the ability to drive the ball into the gap consistently.

Sal Frelick is a left-handed batter who’s most likely spot at the majors is right field, though there’s a chance he could play center field. Frelick has above-average speed and enough arm strength to play up the middle. The fact that he’s not a power-hitter might see Frelick wind up in center rather than a corner outfield spot.

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There are a dozen different ways the Cincinnati Reds could go in the upcoming MLB Draft. With the likely graduation to the major leagues of Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo in the coming months, it’s easy to see the front office target pitching. Finding a player under slot-value seems like a sound strategy as well with three of the first 35 picks in the draft.