Latest MLB mock draft envisions Reds targeting this college pitcher in Round 1

The College World Series allows some of baseball's best prospects to showcase their talents just weeks before the MLB Draft. Who might the Cincinnati Reds select with pick No. 7?
Wake Forest pitcher Rhett Lowder
Wake Forest pitcher Rhett Lowder / Eakin Howard/GettyImages

The College World Series should wrap up this week, and the 2023 MLB Draft is less than one month away.

Everyone has an opinion about which player the Cincinnati Reds should select in the upcoming draft, and the most respected outlets have zeroed in on one of two pitchers.

Both Wake Forest's Rhett Lowder and Tennessee's Chase Dollander have, at one time or another, been predicted to be taken by the Reds at No. 7. Keith Law of The Athletic (subscription required), just released his latest mock draft.

Latest MLB mock draft envisions Reds targeting Rhett Lowder in Round 1.

Keith Law is putting his eggs in Rhett Lowder's basket, but The Athletics' draft expert has also heard names like Chase Dollander and Kyle Teel. All three players were participants in the College World Series this past weekend, and both Lowder and Dollander are still in the mix.

Lowder is undefeatd this season with a perfect record of 15-0 in 18 starts. The right-hander owns a sparkling 1.99 ERA and has 137 punch outs in just over 113 innings pitched.

Dollander might be the more popular name, due mostly to his exploits with the Tennessee Volunteers in last season. Dollander was undefeated in his own right last season and put up terrific numbers. While the strikeouts are still there for Dollander, the right-hander did see an uptick in walks and homers this season in Knoxville.

Teel, a catcher from the University of Virginia, is an interesting name to keep an eye on next month. The Cincinnati Reds are carrying three catchers at the moment, and Tyler Stephenson's up and down thus far in 2023 certainly has to have the Reds front office thinking long and hard about the vision for the catcher's position going forward.

Any of the three college players connected to the Cincinnati Reds, courtesy of Keith Law, would be phenomenal adds to the organization. The 2023 MLB Draft will be held on July 9-11 and the Reds hold the seventh-overall pick in Round 1. Will one of the three players mentioned be the pick once the Reds are on the clock?

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