Over the last decade, the Cincinnati Reds have struck gold with nearly all of their first-round draft picks. Players like Jonathan India, Matt McLain, and Hunter Greene were all selected in Round 1 of the MLB Draft.
The team's recent success in the MLB Draft has resulted in the Reds building one of the best farm systems in all of Major League Baseball, while also having an active roster filled with former top prospects.
But not all drafts are perfect, and not all first round picks can have the success. One of the worst drafts in recent memory was the shortened 2020 MLB Draft, where the Cincinnati Reds only made six selections. Though it's still very early, those picks have not yielded good results.
What was the Reds worst draft over the last 10 years?
The Cincinnati Reds endured the difficult task, as did every other major league club, of evaluating talent with little or no up-to-date information. The coronavirus pandemic shortened an, in some cases, elimnated high school and college baseball in the spring of 2020.
The Reds selected Austin Hendrick, a high school outfielder from Pennsylvania, with their first-round pick in 2020. Hendrick is far from a finished product, but has struck out in over 40% of his at-bats since joining the organization. Hendrick is still languising at High-A despite three-plus years in the Reds farm system.
Christian Roa was drafted in Round 2 out of Texas A&M. While he just made the jump to Triple-A, it would seem that Roa has a long road ahead after giving up eight earned runs in his Triple-A debut.
Jackson Miller's professional career has been plagued by injuries. The Reds Competitive Balance Pick in the 2020 MLB Draft has logged jus four at-bats since being selected.
Bryce Bonnin and Joe Boyle, both right-handed pitching prospects, provide the organization with a glimmer a hope. However, Bonnin has suffered a myriad of injuries and Boyle has nearly as many walks (159) as strikeouts (292).
Mac Wainwright's professional career was over before it even began, after criminal charges were filed in August of 2020 and the Reds placed him on administrative leave. Wainwright was convicted of his crimes in 2022 and his future in the sport is anything but certain.
No, the 2020 MLB Draft was not the Cincinnati Reds best moment. However, with the trade additions of Noelvi Marte, Edwin Arroyo, Chase Petty, and Connor Phillips, the Reds front office seems to have righted the wrong the occurred a few years ago. And while it looks like a debacle at the moment, the future is still unwritten for many of these players.