Cincinnati Reds

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 27 Robert Stephenson RHP Alhambra HS, Martinez, Calif. Calif. $2,000,000
Stephenson has a long and loose 6-foot-2 frame, and he's not done growing yet so scouts see projection as he matures. He had a busy summer on the showcase circuit and then started off his senior season by throwing back-to-back no-hitters. His fastball sat in the the 90-92 mph range last summer, and he took things up a notch this spring, sitting 93-95 and touching 97. Stephenson has a smooth, athletic delivery and produces good hand speed. This has helped his curveball improve along with his fastball, and he's now throwing the pitch in the 78-80 mph range and commanding it well. He also mixes in an occasional changeup. Stephenson is just as gifted in the classroom as he is on the pitcher's mound, and he's Washington's biggest recruit in a long time. He has been working with Huskies assistant coach Jordon Twohig since he was 13, but the program's recent struggles and Stephenson's status as a possible first rounder make it unlikely he winds up on campus.
2 84 Gabriel Rosa OF Colegio Hector Urdaneta, Rio Grande, P.R. P.R. $500,000
The top position player in Puerto Rico in 2011, Rosa has committed to Bethune-Cookman. Scouts didn't expect him to reach college, though, as he has enough present tools to go out in the first four rounds. Two scouts compared him to former big league outfielder Juan Encarnacion for his rangy frame and solid all-around tools. He has a loose body with projection and should fill out his 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame. Some scouts believe he'll have to move to a corner, while others believe the current shortstop can stay in center field. He has solid raw power and is a plus runner, though he's no burner. Rosa has bad timing habits that tend to cause him to lead with his shoulder and open up too early in his swing in an attempt to pull the ball. His swing path has some inconsistencies as well, and he doesn't keep his bat in the hitting zone long enough. Rosa's arm plays average.
3 114 Tony Cingrani LHP Rice Texas $210,000
Tony Cingrani broke former big leaguer Tim Byrdak's single-season and career strikeout records at South Suburban (Ill.) JC, then followed Byrdak's path and transferred to Rice. After he posted an 8.59 ERA in six starts as a junior, the Owls overhauled Cingrani's delivery and moved him to the bullpen, and his transformation has been dramatic. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound lefthander has quickened his arm action and is staying more compact and on top of his pitches, and he's working at 92-94 mph and touching 97 with his fastball. He finished the regular season with a 1.92 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 52 innings. He pitches mostly off his heater, though the hope is that his below-average slider will improve once he gets more consistent innings in pro ball. He's one of the more attractive senior signs in the draft.
4 145 Kyle McMyne RHP Villanova Pa. $176,400
At 6 feet, 215 pounds, McMyne is a stocky righthander who is strong and well put together. He has served as Villanova's ace this season and has power stuff, with a fastball that ranges from 90-96 mph and can sit 92-93. He throws a curveball and slider that are inconsistent. He's confident in using the curve to get strikes, while the slider might be a slightly better pitch. McMyne hasn't shown great command as a starter, and a team may send him to the bullpen where that won't be as much of a factor and he can get by with his fastball and slider. As a starter, however, he has been able to hold his velocity deep into games.
5 175 Ryan Wright 2B Louisville Ky. $225,000
Wright's best tool is bat, which he showed last summer when he led the U.S. college national team with a .361 average, including a .458 mark at the World University Championship. He has a smooth righthanded stroke, making consistent line-drive contract. The 6-foot-1, 194-pounder has fringy raw power and speed, yet he has reached double figures in both homers and steals in each of the last two seasons. He has good hands at the plate and in the field, and his instincts enable him to play above his tools. He has started at five positions--second base, shortstop, third base, left and right field--at Louisville, and projects as either an offensive second baseman or a utilityman. His arm and range are average at best, but he makes all the routine plays. Wright started slowly this spring but rallied to carry the Cardinals down the stretch, and he may have played his way into the second round in the process.
6 205 Sean Buckley 3B St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla. $125,000
The son of Reds scouting director Chris Buckley, Sean has interesting righthanded power and a chance to stay at third base, though he may be a better fit in right field. He has present strength and an average to plus throwing arm, and he also could go out in the first 15 rounds.
7 235 James Allen RHP Kansas State Kan. $125,000
Righthander James Allen entered NCAA regionals ranked third in the nation with 17 saves, a new Kansas State record, and he broke the Wildcats career record with 31. Though he's just 6 feet and 197 pounds, Allen generates a 90-92 mph fastball that touches 94, doing so with a smooth delivery that seems to make his heater get on batters even more quickly. He has improved his slider, giving him a solid second pitch, and he has thrown strikes for three years at Kansas State.
8 265 Jon Matthews OF St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla. $125,000
Matthews is a raw athlete with arm strength and speed who was committed to Charleston Southern. He was considered signable.
9 295 Cole Green RHP Texas Texas $90,000
The Tigers drafted Green in the fourth round last year after he won Big 12 Conference pitcher of the year honors, but he opted to return to Texas after turning down a reported $400,000. After shaking off a surprising shelling by Maryland in his first start of 2011, he has been just as effective this spring. The 6-foot, 210-pounder doesn't have a classic pro body or sexy stuff, but he competes and throws strikes every time he takes the mound. He pitches off his sinker, which sits at 88-92 mph and occasionally peaks at 94. His changeup grades out as his best offering and keeps lefthanders at bay, and he uses a late-breaking slider that runs from 79-82 mph. Green commands his pitches well, working in the bottom of the strike zone and generating groundballs. On pure stuff, he may project as no more than a middle reliever, but his feel for pitching may allow him to become a back-of-the-rotation starter. In part because he'll come at a discount as a college senior without much leverage, he should go around the fourth round again in 2011.
10 325 Brooks Pinckard RHP Baylor Texas $125,000
Pinckard is one of the fastest runners in college baseball and has used his plus-plus speed to steal 60 bases in 66 attempts over three seasons. He ended the 2011 regular season tied for sixth in NCAA Division I with 31 swipes in 33 tries. He also plays a solid center field, though scouts see him as a slap hitter and are much more interested in what he can do on the mound. Pinckard has a consistent 92-96 mph fastball with life, and he didn't lose velocity when he moved into the rotation in the last month of the season. After relying on his heater as a reliever, he has made strides with his slider and now throws it at 82-84 mph, though it lacks consistency. He also has a changeup but hasn't used it often. A quality athlete at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, Pinckard could take off once he focuses on pitching. He redshirted in 2008 because he wasn't ready for Big 12 Conference competition and has pitched just 106 innings in three seasons, so he's still raw as a pitcher. He doesn't have much feel, so he struggles with walks and doesn't miss as many bats as someone with a mid-90s fastball should. His delivery doesn't help his command, as he has a short arm angle and slings the body from a low slot, and his future likely will be back in the bullpen. He declined to sign with the Cubs as a draft-eligible sophomore taken in the 18th round last year, and he should get picked about 15 rounds higher this June.
11 355 Vaughn Covington RHP Killarney SS, Vancouver, B.C. British Columbia $150,000
The X factor for Canada is righthander Vaughn Covington, who didn't pitch for the junior national team this year because he had Tommy John surgery in September. When healthy, Covington showed a power arm and sat 90-92 mph with reports that he had touched 96. Covington has a strong, 6-foot-5 frame and his curveball showed promise as well. He has resumed throwing but won't get back on a mound until after the signing deadline. Covington is being heavily recruited by American junior colleges, or he could opt to remain in Canada and just work out for teams leading up to next year's draft. A team willing to take a risk on Covington could get a bargain if he regains his pre-surgery form.
12 385 Joe Serrano SS Salpointe HS, Tucson, Ariz. Ariz.
13 415 Nick Fleece RHP Texas A&M Texas
Righthander Nick Fleece spent his first year at Texas A&M as a reserve outfielder before finding a niche in the bullpen. He flashed arm strength in the past and the Mariners drafted him in the 27th round last June, but coaches and scouts questioned his work ethic because he carried close to 250 pounds on his 6-foot-3 frame. He has looked like a different guy this spring, dropping to 215 pounds and operating at 90-92 mph with his fastball, peaking at 95. He works off his fastball, which has good sinking life, and picks up deception from his funky arm action. He always has filled the strike zone, and his slider has improved, though it still gets slurvy at times. As a senior sign, he'll come at a discount.
14 445 Ryan Kemp RHP St. Joseph's Pa.
15 475 Will Dorton RHP Lugoff-Elgin HS, Lugoff, S.C. S.C.
16 505 Conor Costello OF Santa Fe HS, Edmond, Okla. Okla.
Triceps tendinitis limited Costello on the mound in 2010, but he was healthy this spring and his fastball jumped to 88-91 mph. He has a quick arm and more projection remaining in his slender 6-foot-3, 175-pound frame. He's a good athlete who also shows feel for spinning a curveball.
17 535 Morgan Phillips SS Douglas Academy, New York N.Y.
College of Charleston recruit Morgan Phillips looks the part but is raw. He has strong wrists and a slashy swing at the plate, and he shows good hands at shortstop, though he might end up in the outfield.
18 565 Jimmy Moran RHP South Florida Fla.
19 595 Chris Joyce LHP Santa Barbara (Calif.) CC Calif.
Joyce was a big deal out of high school, getting drafted in the 10th round and heading to UC Santa Barbara, where he was academically ineligible. He transferred to Central Arizona JC and dominated in 2010, getting drafted again--this time in the 29th round by the Tigers. He ranked as the No. 6 prospect in the Cal Collegiate League last summer, dominating with an 89-94 mph fastball and a decent cutter. His velocity has dropped this spring, sometimes sitting in the 84-86 range, other times ranging from 86-91. He throws both a cutter around 85 and a slider around 82, as well as a slow curveball and changeup that are mostly show pitches. Most scouts are down on Joyce because of his soft 6-foot, 200-pound frame, history of knee problems and less-than-overwhelming stuff this spring, but he has a good feel for pitching and could easily be drafted inside the top 10 rounds.
20 625 Dan Jensen RHP Cincinnati Ohio
21 655 Carlos Gonzalez RHP Cal State Northridge Calif.
22 685 Amir Garrett LHP Henderson (Nev.) International School Nev. $1,000,000
Garrett has quickly gone from being unknown to being a legitimate prospect in two sports. He didn't start playing organized basketball until his freshman year but jumped onto the varsity from day one. He has grown into a 6-foot-6 wing player with explosive leaping ability and has committed to St. John's. He is also interested in playing baseball. While playing on a travel basketball team last summer, Garrett made time to pitch in the Tournament of Stars, flashing upper 80s velocity from the windup, dipping 8-10 mph from the stretch. His athleticism has allowed him to make great strides this spring even though he hasn't played for a team. He has a throwing program that incorporates yoga, long-toss and resistance training and started throwing bullpens and stretching his arm out. When basketball season ended, he ramped up his baseball workouts and has been throwing for scouts. In early May, he threw for a group of scouts in Las Vegas and sat 90-94 mph while touching 96. He also flashed a changeup with life in the lower 80s and has shown flashes of a usable curveball. Everything is, understandably, a work in progress for Garrett but his athleticism from the left side is impossible to ignore.
23 715 Sal Romano RHP Southington (Conn.) HS Conn. $450,000
After back-to-back down years in the high school ranks, Lower New England offers a solid crop this year, though it's not comparable to 2008's banner class. This year's headliner is Tennessee recruit Sal Romano, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound righty from Southington (Conn.) HS, the same school that produced Carl Pavano, who scouts say Romano resembles. Romano broke his jaw in two places on a comebacker to the mound last July and had to have it wired shut for six weeks, which kept him off the mound for a significant portion of the showcase season. He came back with a solid senior year, drawing scouts' attention for his low-90s fastball and projection--he's just 17 and wears a size 16 shoe. He has an average curveball and shows feel for a changeup. Romano has a herky-jerky delivery and a crude arm action that will need refinement, but he should get taken in the top 10 rounds.
24 745 Nick O'Shea 1B Minnesota Minn.
25 775 Justice French RHP Mercer Ga.
Justice French, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound sinkerballer with a decent slider and changeup, should be picked. French had by far his best season in 2011, allowing only one home run in 80 innings.
26 805 Juan Perez 2B JC of the Canyons (Calif.) Calif.
27 835 Taylor Wrenn 2B Tampa Fla.
28 865 Yordanys Perez OF Calabasas, Calif. (No school) Calif.
29 895 Dariel Delgado RHP Miami (No school) Fla.
30 925 Joe Terry 3B Cal State Fullerton Calif.
31 955 Erik Miller RHP Texas Christian Texas $100,000
32 985 Mike Dennhardt RHP Boston College Mass.
Boston College righthander Mike Dennhardt was considered the region's premier college pitcher before he also had Tommy John surgery early in the season. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder spent time in the Eagles rotation as a freshman in 2008, pitching for the first BC team to make regionals since 1967, and he had success in the Cape Cod League last summer. When healthy, Dennhardt sat at 92-94 mph with good plane on his fastball. He had an above-average curveball and a fringy changeup. Dennhardt, a 17th-round pick out of high school, could have been taken in the top five rounds this year, but now he'll likely return to Chestnut Hill.
33 1015 Steve Selsky OF Arizona Ariz.
34 1045 Bryson Smith OF Florida Fla.
35 1075 Sam Kimmel 2B Indian River (Fla.) JC Fla.
36 1105 Randall Yard RHP Hawaii Hawaii
37 1135 Michael Suiter OF Punahou HS, Honolulu Hawaii
Suiter wasn't at his best this spring due to a sprained knee. He's an above-average runner who can handle center field when healthy, and he has a compact swing and gap power at the plate. Suiter is committed to Santa Clara.
38 1165 Dan Bowman OF Coastal Carolina S.C.
39 1195 Justin Amlung RHP Louisville Ky.
Righthander Justin Amlung originally attended Louisville on an academic scholarship and didn't get an opportunity to make the team as a walk-on until the Cardinals lost prized recruit Jake Odorizzi as a 2008 sandwich pick to the Brewers. After redshirting in 2009, Amlung blossomed into Louisville's top starter. He's not physical at 6 feet and 174 pounds, and he doesn't have overwhelming stuff, yet he gets outs and misses bats. A catcher in high school, he succeeds by commanding an 89-91 mph sinker that touches 93, as well as a short slider. His signability as a draft-eligible sophomore remains to be seen.
40 1225 Sam Travis 3B Providence Catholic HS, New Lenox, Ill. Ill.
41 1255 Carson Baranik RHP Parkway HS, Bossier City, La. La.
Baranik made noise early, pushing his fastball up to 95 mph and looking like a breakout candidate. His star fell when he came up injured and his fastball velocity dipped into the upper 80s. He's expected to follow through on his LSU commitment.
42 1285 Jacob Stallings C North Carolina N.C.
Another catcher to watch is North Carolina's Jacob Stallings, who has added 30 pounds since his freshman year yet is still a lean 6-foot-5, 215 pounds. Scouts aren't worried about Stallings' defense. He has a strong arm and has shut down the running game for North Carolina. His bat is the question. He has just five home runs in 392 at-bats and was batting .272/.389/.400.
43 1315 Ty Washington 2B Plano (Texas) East HS Texas $300,000
Area scouts like Washington's plus speed, athleticism and makeup but wish he were bigger than 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds. He has the potential to hit for average, though he'll probably never have much power. He has good actions at shortstop but may lack enough arm to stay there, which could lead to a move to second base or center field. Washington has committed to both Oklahoma and San Jacinto (Texas) JC.
44 1345 Shon Carson OF Lake City (S.C.) HS S.C.
The top athlete is outfielder Shon Carson, who played in the Under Armour All-America game as well as the East Coast Pro Showcase last summer. He's also a South Carolina football recruit as a running back. As one scout put it, "I wouldn't want to tackle him." Carson's tools are raw, aside from his well above-average speed. He has present strength in his 5-foot-10, 190-pound body but has a stiff swing. Signability will decide how high he goes in the draft, if he goes at all.
45 1375 Travis Radke LHP Oaks Christian HS, Westlake Village, Calif. Calif.
46 1405 Jose Brizuela 3B Archbishop McCarthy HS, Southwest Ranches, Fla. Fla.
47 1435 Kirby Pellant 2B Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
48 1465 Tyler Webb LHP South Carolina S.C.
49 1495 Eric Alessio RHP Marist N.Y.
50 1524 Austin Robichaux RHP Notre Dame HS, Crowley, La. La.
Robichaux, 6-foot-5, 180 pounds, has a projectable frame and has bumped some low 90s fastballs but mostly sits in the upper 80s. He's the son of Louisiana-Lafayette coach Tony Robichaux, who is also the team's pitching coach and has given his son a good feel for his curveball and for his overall craft. Many scouts considered Robichaux likely to join his father's program for the next three seasons.