3 college players the Reds should target in Round 1 of the 2023 MLB Draft & 1 they should avoid

The 2023 MLB Draft features some top-flight college talent. Who might the Cincinnati Reds target in Round 1?

Virginia catcher Kyle Teel
Virginia catcher Kyle Teel / Eakin Howard/GettyImages
3 of 4

Reds should target Virginia catcher Kyle Teel in Round 1 of the 2023 MLB Draft.

This is a possible selection that is gaining more steam. Would the Cincinnati Reds pull off a mild shocker and snag Virginia catcher Kyle Teel in Round 1 of the 2023 MLB Draft. It's certainly on the table.

Teel is unquestionably the best college catcher in the draft. Coming in a distant second is probably Davidson backstop Michael Carico, though Julian Brock of Lousiana-Lafeyette is also in the mix. But Teel is the only catcher worthy of a first-round pick in this year's draft.

Teel provides a sweet, left-handed swing who is probably more likely to hit for average than power. That's not to say the 21-year-old has no pop in his bat. Teel recorded 38 extra-base hits in 2023,m including 13 round trippers.

A major plus when it comes to Kyle Teel is his defensive versatility. While catcher has been Teel's primary position, he's also seen time in the outfield. Teel's level of athletic ability will certainly be sought after in Round 1 of the 2023 MLB Draft.

The Cincinnati Reds definitely have questions when it comes to their depth behind the plate. That was a major concern this past offseason when Luke Maile and Curt Casali were signed in free agency. Tyler Stephenson's regression this season has also raised eyebrows. Don't be shocked if the Reds grab Teel in the first-round.