5 current Cincinnati Reds players who were selected on Day 3 of the MLB Draft
By Drew Koch
Day 3 of the 2022 MLB Draft will commence in just a couple of hours and most fans won't pay any attention. Why? Because it's assumed that the most impactful players on a team's roster are taken in Round 1 with a handful of backups and relievers plucked in Rounds 2 and 3.
However, there are those occasions when some major talent is taken on Day 2 and 3 of the MLB Draft. Kyle Farmer was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth round. Tyler Mahle was the Cincinnati Reds seventh-round pick in 2013.
Believe it or not, there are some players on the Reds current roster who were taken after Round 10. Let's take a look at three of Cincinnati's top players who were Day 3 selections in the draft.
Reds 3B Brandon Drury was taken in the 13th Round of the MLB Draft.
All-Star snub Brandon Drury was actually taken in the 13th Round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of Grant Pass High School in Oregon. In his first taste of professional baseball, Drury played 52 games in Rookie Ball for the GCL Braves and hit just .198 with three home runs.
Now, Drury is leading the charge for the Reds offense this season and outpacing every hitter in the Cincinnati lineup with 18 homers on the year. Drury is trade target of many opposing GMs as the August 2nd deadline approaches and a free agent to-be, the 29-year-old has set himself very well to receive a nice payday this offseason.
Max Schrock was also a 13th-round pick. The versatile Reds infielder, who's played in the outfield recently, was taken by the Washington Nationals with the 404th-overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft. Schrock was just optioned back to Triple-A in order to make room on the active roster for Mike Moustakas.
Alejo Lopez was a 27th-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds back in 2015. Selected out of a Phoenix area high school, Lopez worked his tail off to become part of the Reds 40-man roster last year and made his major league debut after absolutely destroying minor league pitching. Lopez has yo-yo'd between Triple-A and majors this season.
Reliever Joel Kuhnel was an 11th-round selection in the 2016 MLB Draft. The Reds plucked the hard-throwing right-hander out of the University of Texas with the 308th pick. Kuhnel has battled injuries throughout his career and is trying to make his mark as a reliable reliever out of the Cincinnati bullpen.
Alexis Diaz was the Reds 12th round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft.
Most Reds fans had never heard of Alexis Diaz prior to this season. The Cincinnati Reds added the right-hander to the 40-man roster over the offseason and Diaz landed on the team's Opening Day roster.
It's quite likely that Diaz will be the Reds closer heading into the second-half of the season. Diaz, who'd brother is All-Star reliever Edwin Diaz of the New York Mets, was taken in Round 12 of the 2015 MLB Draft out of Juan Jose Maunez High School in Puerto Rico.
With Tejay Antone out for the season following Tommy John surgery, Alexis Diaz has become the best reliever in David Bell's bullpen. The right-hander owns a 2.16 ERA and has 43 strikeouts in 32 appearances this season.
The Cincinnati Reds have done a good job finding or acquiring talented players who were drafted after the 10th Round. Perhaps they'll find another with one of their Day 3 picks during the 2022 MLB Draft.