Few teams were able to match what Nick Krall and his team did during the 2023 MLB Draft. The Cincinnati Reds front office added several established, college pitchers as well as some high-ceiling prep prospects.
But as Reds fans are beginning to notice, Krall has a plan and he's sticking to it. After selling off most of the team's assets last year, the front office added depth to the organization's farm system through trades and the draft. Krall and Company are building this team by drafting and developing young talent.
The Reds already have an incredible farm system with top prospects like Connor Phillips, Cam Collier, and Christian Encarnacion-Strand, but three decisions made during the 2023 MLB only enhanced the team's group of budding stars.
1. The Reds added pitching early & often during the 2023 MLB Draft.
The Cincinnati Reds went into Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday with a plan; get more pitching. Of the Reds 21 selections in the 2023 MLB Draft, 12 (57-percent) were pitchers. Cincinnati's first two draft picks were both college hurlers.
In fact, 10 of the 12 pitchers selected by Cincinnati played college baseball last season. That number jumps to 13 if you include two-way player JeanPierre Ortiz.
Rhett Lowder (Wake Forest) and Ty Floyd (LSU) are arguably behind only first-overall pick Paul Skenes in terms of being major league-ready. Skenes could be sent out to a major league mound today and miss bats, but the Reds first two picks are not too far behind.
Connor Phillips and Chase Petty, both of whom have huge ceilings, are still developing. Adding Lowder and Floyd gives the Cincinnati Reds a pair of pitchers who could find their way to the big leagues as soon as next year.
The highest-upside pick the Reds selected, however, came in Round 4 when Cincinnati nabbed 18-year-old Cole Schoenwetter. Gabe Gaeckle, whom the Reds selected in Round 20, represents the other high school arm selected by Cincinnati.