The Cincinnati Reds currently hold two first-round picks in the upcoming 2023 MLB Draft. Cincinnati will select at No. 7 and No. 38. That latter is a competitive balance pick.
The 2023 MLB Draft features five players that are virtually set in stone, but could go in any order. With that being said, that leaves the Reds with a predictable group of prospects to choose from with the seventh selection.
But things will open up quite a bit once we get to No. 38. One name that has gained traction over the last few weeks due to his incredible production in the tail end of the college baseball season has been Chase Davis.
Could this college outfielder fall to the Reds in the 2023 MLB Draft?
Chase Davis is a junior from the University of Arizona. The outfielder has shown incredible maturity at the plate, drawing more walks (40) than strikeouts (39) this season, while holding an OPS above 1.200.
Davis is seen as a top 50 prospect by nearly all draft experts, ranked as high as in the 20s by some. According to MLB Pipeline, who ranks the 21-year-old just outside the Top 50, Davis has above-average power and above-average speed tools. His power is truly something to be excited over.
With the Reds so shallow in terms of outfield prospects, Davis could rejuvenate their farm system. With his maturity and age, Davis could climb up the ranks of the Reds farm system rather quickly.
Davis' .367 batting average and only low strikeout-rate suggests that his hit tool is better than most scouts give him credit for. The sweet-swinging lefty needs have his name called when the Cincinnati Reds are making their comp pick at the end of Round 1 in the 2023 MLB Draft. Chase Davis has "can't miss" potential.