2. Reds should target RHP Tanner Witt on Day 2 of the 2023 MLB Draft.
This would be an intriguing scenario. Tanner Witt had first-round stuff coming out of high school in 2020. But instead, Witt attended college at the University of Texas and, as a freshman, worked 28 relief appearances out of the Longhorns bullpen.
The sky was the limit for Witt after recording over 70 strikeouts in 57 innings during his freshman season. Unfortunately, Witt suffered an elbow injury during the outset of his sophomore season that required Tommy John surgery.
Witt returned to the mound this season for Texas, but started only six games and had an ERA above 10.00. That's never what you want to see as a scout, but if the Reds believe that Witt can return to the type of pitcher that was viewed as frontline starter before his elbow injury, then perhaps Cincinnati will take a flier on the soon-to-be 21 year-old.
This would be a high-risk/ high-reward selection on the part of the Reds' brass. After landing the safest pick in the draft with Rhett Lowder in Round 1, Cincinnati can afford to go big with Tanner Witt in Round 3 of the 2023 MLB Draft.
There is a caveat, however. Witt has one year of eligibility remaining. If the Cincinnati Reds are unwilling to match Witt's signing bonus demands, he may decide to return to Texas for his senior season.