2. The Reds selections of Ty Floyd & Hunter Hollan allow additions of top prep players.
After selecting a pair of college pitchers with their first two picks, it appeared as though the Cincinnati Reds were shying away from young players and focusing on prospects that could quickly ascend the minor league ladder.
But in Rounds 2 and 4, the Reds added two prep players with tremendous upside. Sammy Stafura (Walter Panas High School - New York) and Cole Schoenwetter (San Marcos High School - California) bring fantastic upside to a draft class that was dominated by high-floor talent.
These types of picks are oftentimes setup by choices made earlier in the draft. Adding LSU's Ty Floyd with the Competitive Balance pick at No. 32 and Arkansas's Hunter Hollan with the 74th pick in Round 3 should help the Reds save enough money in order to sign both Stafura and Schoenwetter away from their college commitments.
Stafura's potential is through the roof. The shortstop, whom MLB Pipeline ranked among their Top 40 draft eligible prospects, has great raw power and outstanding athleticism. In addition to Stafura and Schoenwetter, the Redlegs also added high schoolers Bernard Moon, Gabe Gaeckle, and Kyle Henley.
While all signs point to Gaeckle honoring his commitment to the University of Arkansas, if the Cincinnati Reds are able to sign at least one of Henley and Moon in addition to Stafura and Schoenwetter, the organization will have some outstanding, young talent in their farm system.