3 high school players who could slip to the Reds at No. 32 in the 2022 MLB Draft
By Drew Koch
It happens every year. A handful of prep players, who have first-round potential, fall out of Round 1. Last year we saw catcher Joe Mack, pitcher Anthony Solometo, and outfielder Joshua Baez taken after Round 1 was complete.
Might the Cincinnati Reds be able to strike gold with a high school player who falls out of the first round in this year's draft? Like last year, the Redlegs have an extra pick (No. 32) after Round 1.
Last year it was compensation for losing 2020 NL Cy Young Award-winner Trevor Bauer while this year it'll be a result of Nick Castellanos signing a five-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Cincinnati will make their first selection at No. 18 and follow that up with the 32nd pick in the 2022 MLB Draft. The Colorado Rockies received a compensatory pick as well after losing Trevor Story to the Boston Red Sox in free agency during the offseason.
Which high school players might fall to the Reds at No. 32 in the 2022 MLB Draft?
Robby Snelling is a name to watch when the Cincinnati Reds select at No. 32. If the left-hander falls out of Round 1, the Reds could certainly pounce. Snelling is a two-sport athlete who's committed to play for LSU. Snelling ranks 32nd among The Athletics' Keith Law's (subscription required) Top 100 draft prospects and has a terrific curveball.
If the Reds are looking for a hard-throwing high schooler, they may not have to look too far. Ohio native Jacob Miller, who pitches up the road at Liberty Union High School, has three plus pitches according to MLB Pipeline. Miller is committed to play for the University of Louisville next spring.
Tucker Toman would be a lock for Round 1 if he were a shortstop, but as it is, few scouts can come to an agreement on where Toman will play defensively. Both Keith Law and MLB Pipeline cite Toman's lack of speed and questionable arm strength, but rave about his bat speed.
The Cincinnati Reds first pick will certainly dictate what direction they go at No. 32. The 2022 MLB Draft begins tonight and continues through Tuesday. The Reds have a total of 22 picks.