MLB Mock Draft predicts Reds to select another shortstop in Round 1

While a lot of Reds fans have no desire to see Cincinnati add another infielder to their farm system, JJ Wetherholt has all the tools to be a phenomenal prospect.

WVU infielder JJ Wetherholt
WVU infielder JJ Wetherholt / Ben Ludeman/Texas Rangers/GettyImages

John Denver's classic song "Take Me Home, Country Roads" might be blaring across Reds Country if Cincinnati is able to acquire JJ Wetherholt in Round 1 of the 2024 MLB Draft.

MLB Pipeline recently released their first 2024 MLB Mock Draft and with the No. 2 overall selection, the Cincinnati Reds are predicted to take the West Virginia Mountaineers' star infielder.

While the Cincinnati fanbase is probably tired of the front office continually stockpiling middle infielders, Wetherholt is arguably the best bat in the entire draft.

MLB Mock Draft foresees Reds selecting another SS in Round 1.

With Nick Kurtz, the power-hitting first baseman from Wake Forest predicted to go No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Guardians, it stands to reason that the Cincinnati Reds would select with JJ Wetherholt with pick No. 2.

Wetherholt is seen, according to, as the best hitter in the Class of 2024. While his defensive home is wavering between second base and shortstop, his bat is what will see him sitting atop draft boards next July.

Though it could be argued that Cincinnati Reds would benefit from grabbing a pitcher rather than a hitter, there just aren't too many good arms expected to near the top of the 2024 MLB Draft.

In fact, MLB Pipeline doesn't foresee a pitcher coming off the board until No. 7 with Wake Forest left-hander Josh Hartle projected to the St. Louis Cardinals.

There is, of course, an entire season of college baseball to be played before the MLB Draft commences next summer. But it's never too early to take a look at some of the best young talent that will soon be having scouts scurrying to several different ball fields next spring.

No matter what, the Cincinnati Reds are sure to add a very talented young prospect after vaulting to No. 2 thanks to the MLB Draft lottery.