3 players the Reds should target in 2022 Rule 5 Draft

Washington Nationals catcher Drew Millas, Cincinnati Reds
Washington Nationals catcher Drew Millas, Cincinnati Reds / Benjamin Rusnak/GettyImages
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2. The Reds should select C Drew Millas (Nationals) in the Rule 5 Draft.

This one feels like a no-brainer, doesn't it? While the Cincinnati Reds already added Luke Maile in free agency, general manager Nick Krall has already stated his desire to add another catcher to the roster. Well, Drew Millas is a catcher, and a darn good one at that.

Millas was a seventh-round selection in the 2019 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics. Millas drew rave reviews for his work behind the plate, and was arguably the best defensive catcher in the draft that year. But in 2021, the A's sent Millas and two others to the Nats in exchange for Yan Gomes and Josh Harrison.

Last season, Millas covered three different levels in the minors and has a great eye at the dish. Millas posted a 14.9% walk-rate and an on-base percentage of .340. In 2021, Millas had more walks (54) than strikeouts (53).

Drew Millas is a switch-hitter, something that could be very beneficial to the Cincinnati Reds as both Tyler Stephenson and Luke Maile are right-handed hitters. Millas has yet to play above Double-A, so his ability to stick at the major league level for the entire season could come into question.

But Millas' glove already plays at the big league level, and with such a shortage of quality catchers in the Reds farm system, it would be foolish for Cincinnati's front office to look this gift horse in the mouth. Millas should be atop the Reds' list when the Rule 5 Draft begins.