Reds' fans will be doing cartwheels if ESPN mock MLB Draft comes true

This would be a dream come true.
Georgia's first baseman Charlie Condon (24) with a home run
Georgia's first baseman Charlie Condon (24) with a home run / Cyndi Chambers / USA TODAY NETWORK
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The 2024 Major League Baseball Draft is still over two months away, but the buzz surrounding the top two prospects is palpable. Charlie Condon (Georgia) and Travis Bazzana (Oregon State) are likely to go 1-2 in the draft — it's just a matter of who the Cleveland Guardians select first.

The Guardians, of course, won the second annual MLB Draft Lottery and will select first on July14th. The Cincinnati Reds jumped up several spots in their own right and own the No. 2 overall pick in the 2024 MLB Draft.

While most believe that Condon will go No. 1 to Cleveland, Kiley McDaniel is a dissenting voice. The ESPN MLB Insider's latest mock draft (subscription required) has Bazzana going No. 1 to the Guardians and Condon landing with the Reds.

Reds' fans will be doing cartwheels if ESPN mock MLB Draft comes true

This would be a dream scenario for the Reds. While Bazzana is a tremendous consolation prize, Condon is the top bat in the class. In 47 games for the Bulldogs this season, Condon is hitting .459/.568/.1.105 with 33 home runs and 69 RBI.

Condon, who's the top-ranked player on the draft board according to MLB Pipeline, can play all three outfield spots, plus first and third base. However, it's most likely that the 21-year-old would find a home in either right or left field.

Do you remember that right-handed power-hitting outfielder that Reds fans were clamoring for all offseason — this is it. Condon is one of those prospects who's so advanced in the batters' box that he could follow Wyatt Langford's lead and find his way onto an Opening Day roster in 2025.

If the Guardians actually pass on Condon, the Reds should run (not walk) to get their pick in. Bazzana and Jac Caglianone of Florida are both fine prospects, but Condon is in a class by himself. It may be a pipe dream, but Reds Country is hopeful that the Guardians follow McDaniel's outline for the 2024 MLB Draft.

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