The Cincinnati Reds will be making their first-round selection on Sunday night and have the 18th-overall pick in the 2022 MLB Draft. The last time Cincinnati had the No. 18 pick in the draft was 1986. Who did they select that year?
With the 18th pick in the 1986 MLB Draft, the Cincinnati Reds made right-hander Jack Armstrong the team's first-round pick. Armstrong was taken a year earlier by the San Francisco Giants in Round 3 after spending the early-part of his college career at Rider College.
Armstrong turned down the Giants in 1985 and instead attended the University of Oklahoma and was selected in Round 1 the following year by the Cincinnati Reds. Armstrong worked his way up through the minors for his first couple of professional seasons and became a member of the Reds rotation in 1988.
Jack Armstrong was the last Reds player to be selected No. 18 in the MLB Draft.
Jack Armstrong, a New Jersey native, spent seven years in the major leagues and compiled a record of 40-65 with a career-ERA of 4.58. Armstrong suited up for four different teams during his tenure in the big leagues and spent four seasons in a Cincinnati Reds uniform.
Armstrong went to the All-Star Game in 1990 and actually started the game for the NL during the Midsummer Classic. Armstrong won eight of his first nine games that season and posted a minuscule 1.61 ERA. The second-half of the season saw Armstrong begin to struggle and the right-hander was eventually moved to the bullpen.
After 1991, Armstrong was traded to the Cleveland Indians and spent the remainder of his career with the Florida Marlins and Texas Rangers. Armstrong retired from baseball after making just two appearances for the Rangers in 1994.
The Cincinnati Reds have the 18th pick in the 2022 MLB Draft. Will they be able to find an All-Star pitcher this year? Tune in Sunday night to see who the Redlegs take at No. 18 in the 2022 MLB Draft.