3. Reds should target LHP Hunter Owen on Day 2 of the 2023 MLB Draft.
You can never have enough pitching, right? If that's the case, the Cincinnati Reds may want to add another hurler in Round 3 or 4 in order to help solidify the team's pitching depth for years to come. Vanderbilt's Hunter Owen would be a terrific addition to the Cincinnati farm system.
There is a bit of mystique when it comes to Owen, as the left-hander missed several starts due to what MLB Pipeline calls an specified ailment. But Owen still started 12 games and racked up 76 strikeouts in 64 innings of work for the Commodores this season.
Owen had served as a reliever for Vanderbilt for his first two seasons in Nashville, but earned a spot in the starting rotation in 2023. The goal would obviously be to stretch out the 21-year-old over the next few seasons in pro ball and eventually deploy him as a top-flight starter in the big leagues.
If the Cincinnati Reds are looking for upside, they're not going to find a pitcher with much more of it on Day 2 than Hunter Owen. Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin and his pitching factory in Tennessee is well regarded as one of the top universities when it comes to putting hurlers into the major leagues.
There are still some talented high school players available as well, but with some extra cash likely headed toward second-round pick Sammy Stafura, it may behoove the Reds to target some college players on Day 2 of the 2023 MLB Draft.