3. The Reds added experience on Day 2 of the 2023 MLB Draft.
Cincinnati sandwiched Arkansas pitcher Hunter Hollan around two high-upside high school players in Sammy Stafura and Cole Schoewetter, but Day 2 of the 2023 MLB Draft was, as it typically is, dominated by college players.
But aside from Hollan and a pair of left-handed hurlers (Logan Van Treek and Graham Osman) in Rounds 9 and 10, the Cincinnati Reds added a ton of college bats on the second day of the 2023 MLB Draft.
After adding Stafura and Shoenwetter to the young talent of Cam Collier, Sal Stewart, Jay Allen, and Alfredo Duno, the Reds needed some more mature and polished hitters added to the team's minor league system. Cincinnati did that with the additions of Ethan O'Donnell, Carter Graham, and Dominic Pitelli.
After watching Matt McLain, Elly De La Cruz, Spencer Steer, and T.J. Hopkins all graduate to the major leagues this season, the Reds farm system is lacking when it comes to experienced hitters. In fact, outside of Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Logan Tanner, and Jose Torres, no position players among the Reds Top 30 prospects played college baseball.
The addition of these polished college bats will help to balance out the Reds farm system, the same way their pitching talent is balance. The addition of glove-first catching prospect Connor Burns won't hurt either.