Day 1 of the 2023 MLB Draft couldn't have gone much better for the Cincinnati Reds. Nick Krall and Company secured two potential starting pitchers and a high school shortstop on Day 1, only to get right back at it on Monday.
But the draft isn't always won on Day 1, and it's certainly not lost. The following two days can be just as important to shaping the future of a team over the long haul.
The Reds scouting department was tested on Day 2, but walked away from the second day of the 2023 MLB Draft with some very talented young prospects.
Grading & recapping Day 2 of the Reds 2023 MLB Draft selections.
The Cincinnati Reds added to their influx of college arms in Round 3 with the selection of Arkansas left-hander Hunter Hollan. Then, when Round 4 came around, the Reds found themselves gifted with the opportunity to select one of the highest upside prospects in the 2023 MLB Draft.
Cole Schoenwetter, who was ranked among the Top 50 prospects in the draft according to MLB Pipeline, fell into the Reds lap in Round 4. Schoenwetter was the fourth pitcher selected by Cincinnati, joining college arms Hollan, Rhett Lowder, and Ty Floyd.
The 18-year-old, who could be one of the bigges steals of the draft, has three above-average pitches in his arsenal. Unlike the three pitchers Cincinnati took ahead of him, Schoenwetter will need several years to fully develop into a major league-caliber pitcher.
In the fifth round, the Reds reached a bit on defensive-minded catcher Connor Burns. The Reds are hoping that Burns will offer the same level of elite defense Cincinnati has been missing since Tucker Barnhart was traded.
Cincinnati also snagged Stanford's power hitting first baseman Carter Graham in Round 8 and left-handed pitcher Logan Van Treeck with pick No. 258.
On Day 2 of the 2023 MLB Draft, the Cincinnati Reds went pitcher-heavy for the second day in a row while also adding some depth at some key positions across the diamond. The Reds deserve a solid B+ for their selections on Day 2.