Cincinnati Reds

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 14 Nick Travieso RHP Archbishop McCarthy HS, Southwest Ranches, Fla. Fla. $2,000,000
Travieso rivaled Zach Eflin for the most helium of any pitcher in the Southeast. Earlier in his prep career Travieso was a hitter and relief pitcher who showed velocity off the mound but little touch and feel, or secondary pitches for that matter. This spring, Travieso took off the training wheels, starting for Archbishop McCarthy and taking a big step forward in April after getting some innings under him. Travieso's fastball sits in the 91-95 mph range, and at times it's better than that, reaching 98. In his first year throwing a breaking ball, Travieso has developed a hard slider with power that scrapes 86 and sits in the low-to-mid-80s. He's still learning a changeup but already has shown the ability to manipulate the baseball, developing a fastball with two-seam action to help him get to his glove side. Previously considered more of a reliever, Travieso had late helium as his stuff jumped a grade. He could push his way into the first round. He's committed to Miami if teams still believe he's more of a reliever than a starter.
1s 49 Jesse Winker OF Olympia HS, Orlando Fla. $1,000,000
Scouts like to call players like Winker "famous" because he's been seen a lot. He is a showcase veteran who played for USA Baseball's 18-and-under team last summer and fall, tossing a shutout against Aruba. He also has played at high-profile Olympia High and was a teammate of Yankees prospect Mason Williams in 2010 and the last three years with righthander Walker Weickel, who is expected to go in the first two rounds. Winker helped lift Olympia to a tremendous spring, though it fell in the playoffs after winning its first 29 games. Winker is a lefthanded hitter and thrower who plays center field in high school but will be a corner outfielder or first baseman down the line because of modest athleticism. While he's a fine hitter with good balance and loft in his swing, that profile puts his bat at a premium, and Winker had just three home runs this spring. He's physical and has strength that allows him to drive the ball to all fields, and scouts have seen him hit good velocity in showcases. They laud his makeup and work ethic. Signability was a major question mark for the Florida recruit.
1s 57 Jeff Gelalich OF UCLA Calif. $825,000
Gelalich played alongside Astros 2009 first-round pick Jio Mier in high school in California, but he wound up at UCLA after being drafted by the Phillies in the 41st round that year. He showed flashes of potential before finally coming into his own as a junior, more than doubling his career home run total while lowering his strikeout-walk ratio from 2-1 over his first two seasons to 1-1 this year. Gelalich has a solid all-around tools package. He is a plus runner who plays a solid right field, though his average arm probably fits better in left at the big league level. He has a simple approach, with a wide base, a short stride and the ability to barrel up hard line drives from the left side. He has improved significantly at hitting the ball where it is pitched, taking sliders away to the opposite field while turning on fastballs in. He flashes good power, hitting home runs off the center-field batter's eye and atop the hitting structure at UCLA this spring, but most scouts project him as a solid-average hitter with average power.
2 78 Tanner Rahier SS Palm Desert (Calif.) HS Calif. $649,700
Rahier is the most prominent Southern California prospect who elected to play in a wood-bat club league this spring rather than play for his high school--a move that some scouts admit rubbed them the wrong way. But no one questions Rahier's passion for the game or his work ethic; as one scout put it, "He plays like a bat out of hell--he's like Pete Rose." Rahier is aggressive in every phase of his game--he runs hard, swings hard and is constantly in attack mode in the batter's box. That makes him prone to chasing pitches out of the zone at times, but he shows pitch recognition and excellent hand-eye coordination, helping the righthanded hitter barrel up hard line drives to left and center field. He is savvy enough to go the other way when the situation calls for it, but it isn't his forte. Rahier projects as an average to plus hitter with a chance for solid-average power as he matures. He'll need to grow into some pop, because few scouts give him a chance to stick at shortstop in the long term. Though his actions are unorthodox and "high-effort," as one scout put it, Rahier has sure hands and good instincts to go along with a plus arm. No better than a fringy runner, Raher's range is lacking for short. Some scouts think he could be a plus defender at third base, while others think he could be an above-average second baseman. Rahier is polarizing; some scouts like him as a sandwich pick, while others see him as a fourth- or fifth-round talent. The San Diego commit is considered signable.
3 109 Dan Langfield RHP Memphis Tenn. $436,800
Langfield impresses scouts for his story and his stuff. A 6-foot righthander, he was one of New England's top arms three seasons ago out of high school. He also was thick-bodied and still had some baby fat. He headed to Memphis, trimmed up his body and improved the quality of his stuff while maintaining the toughness of a cold-weather Northeast pitcher. He has three strikeout pitches, though he delivers them with some effort. Langfield's fastball tends to be true but has plenty of power, touching as high as 97 mph and sitting in the 92-94 range. Some scouts prefer his hard slider, which has depth and cutter velocity at 85-87 mph. Most prefer his downer curveball, also thrown with power. He was leading Conference USA and ranked fifth in Division I in strikeouts with 99 in 79 innings. His control can be spotty, but he lowered his walk rate from 5.2 per nine innings last season to 3.9 so far in 2012. Langfield has a high slot that tends to cause his fastball to straighten out, and most scouts believe he'll wind up in the bullpen down the line. But his three-pitch repertoire will at least give him a chance to start.
4 142 Jon Moscot RHP Pepperdine Calif. $317,800
Moscot transferred to Pepperdine from Cuesta (Calif.) JC after his freshman year and found a home in the weekend rotation as a sophomore. After tying for the Cape Cod League lead in strikeouts last summer, Moscot carried his momentum over into this spring, going 4-5, 3.39 with 79 strikeouts and 18 walks through 90 innings as the Waves' Friday starter. Moscot is a lanky 6-foot-4, 210-pound strike-thrower with good feel for pitching. Some scouts are turned off by the head whack and slight recoil in his delivery, but the funkiness adds deception, and he has proven durable so far in his career. Moscot pitches with an average fastball with decent sink in the 88-91 mph range, bumping 92 early in games and touching 94 at his best this spring. He throws both an average changeup and a split-finger with some drop, though the two pitches can be difficult to tell apart. His slider is average and can be an out pitch when it's on. His solid stuff across the board, competitiveness and command give him a chance to be a back-of-the-rotation starter in the big leagues.
5 172 Mason Felt LHP Hebron Christian Academy, Dacula, Ga. Ga. $317,800
Felt had draft helium, and the Oregon State signee was higher on some scouting boards. His fastball has touched 92 mph and his curveball has good shape, leading some to grade it as a future plus pitch. Other scouts don't see as much projection for the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder, who generally sits at 88-90 mph and throws his curve in the 69-72 range.
6 202 Joe Hudson C Notre Dame Ind. $178,300
Hudson is the best defender among college catchers in the Midwest and one of the best in the entire draft. He gets easy plus grades for his arm, which can register pop times in the 1.85-second range and enabled him to throw out 38 percent of basestealers during the 2012 regular season. He is also a good receiver and does a decent job of blocking pitches. Known as a defensive specialist after batting a combined .245 with one homer in his first two seasons at Notre Dame, Hudson has helped his cause by hitting .340 with six homers this spring. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder still has a long righthanded swing and tends to punish mistakes better than he handles quality pitching. He may never hit for a high average with wood but could produce double-digit homers. He lacks speed but isn't a bad runner for a catcher.
7 232 Beau Amaral OF UCLA Calif. $146,000
Amaral's father, Rich, was a second-round pick out of UCLA in 1983 and spent 10 years in the big leagues as a utilityman; he now works as a Southern California area scout for the Royals. Beau has all the intangibles you'd expect from the son of a big leaguer, and he has been a solid everyday center fielder for three years at UCLA. Though he is just an average or slightly better runner, Amaral is an above-average defender thanks to his ability to read the ball off the bat and take direct routes. His portfolio of diving and leaping catches has made him a fan favorite, though his arm is below-average. Offensively, Amaral is a bit too prone to swing and miss for a leadoff man (he has 134 strikeouts and 61 walks in his collegiate career), but he has learned to hit the ball up the middle and to the opposite field, giving him a chance to be an average hitter down the road. He'll never have better than below-average power, and he profiles as an extra outfielder with plenty of heart and baseball skills. In other words, a lefthanded-hitting version of his father, but without the versatility of being able to play the infield.
8 262 Seth Mejias-Brean 3B Arizona Ariz. $125,000
Mejias-Brean got some late attention for the Wildcats. He's an excellent defender at third base, helping give Arizona the best left side of the infield in the Pac-12. He has a solid, athletic build at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds and put together a solid season offensively. Mejias-Brean has a little pop in his righthanded swing, but mostly profiles as a gap-to-gap, line-drive hitter.
9 292 Daniel Pigott OF Florida Fla. $40,000
Senior outfielder Daniel Pigott has been a steady contributor the last two seasons with gap power and average speed. He should be a solid organizational player and stick around pro ball a bit longer than older brother Jonathan, who spent one year in the Braves system.
10 322 Jeremy Kivel RHP Spring (Texas) HS Texas $500,000
Kivel had the raw arm strength to pitch himself into the early rounds of the 2012 draft, but that chance ended when he blew out the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while playing the outfield. He previously had surgery on the ACL in his right knee. A 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, Kivel is all about power. His quick arm delivers fastballs up to 95 mph and hard curveballs as well. He still needs a lot of polish. Assuming he doesn't turn pro, he'll attend Houston.
11 352 Nolan Becker LHP Yale Conn. $100,000
12 382 Brent Peterson SS Bakersfield (Calif.) JC Calif. $100,000
Peterson is a high-energy grinder with athleticism and versatility, giving him a chance to be a valuable utilityman in pro ball. He has decent infield actions and a solid-average arm, but he can play out of control at times, making a lot of throws off-balance and on the run. He may not be an everyday shortstop, but has enough tools to handle a variety of positions. Peterson is a quick-twitch athlete with plus speed and good hand-eye coordination. He takes a big swing and scouts aren't sold he'll hit at the higher levels of pro ball.
13 412 Matt Boyd LHP Oregon State Ore.
Boyd has a solid build at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. He is a good athlete who played 11 years of ice hockey before focusing on baseball. Boyd throws from a low three-quarter slot and his fastball sits in the 88-90 mph range. He primarily pitches off a fastball-slider combination, but mixes in a sweeping low-mid 70s slider and will throw an occasional changeup to righthanded batters. With his low arm slot, lefties struggle to pick up the ball so he could wind up as a lefthanded specialist in the big leagues. He shows solid command and is a good competitor on the mound.
14 442 Luke Moran RHP Grayson County (Texas) CC Texas $125,000
Like McLennan righthander Eric Brooks, Moran started his college career at Houston before transferring and becoming one of Texas' top juco prospects. While he had more success as a hitter (.367/.465/.511) than as a pitcher (6-4, 4.36, 84 strikeouts in 74 innings) this spring, his pro future is definitely on the mound. He uses his strong 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame to generate fastballs that sit at 88-92 mph and touch 94. He's still working on refining a breaking ball, as he uses both a loopy curveball and a cutter/slider. He has committed to Oklahoma State for 2013.
15 472 Ben Klimesh RHP Trinity (Texas) Texas
Klimesh got cut from his New Trier HS (Winnetka, Ill.) team as a junior and barely pitched as a senior, but four years later he's the most dominant pitcher in NCAA Division III. He led D-III in wins (13) and strikeouts (154, breaking Mickey Mahler's Trinity record) and ranked second in whiffs per nine innings (1.39) through the end of the regional playoffs. Klimesh has good size and strength at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, and works at 90-91 mph with his fastball and can run it up to 95 when he comes out of the bullpen. He throws both a slurve and a changeup in the low 80s. He needs more consistency with his fastball life and command but has improved in both regards.
16 502 Nick Routt LHP Mississippi State Miss.
17 532 Jose Ortiz C Colon HS, Comerio, P.R. P.R.
18 562 Jackson Stephens RHP/3B Oxford (Ala.) HS Ala. $100,000
Stephens played third base and pitched in high school and has similarities to former Alabama stalwart Jake Smith. He has solid righthanded power and decent agility at third, while sitting in the upper 80s with a solid changeup and soft curve on the mound.
19 592 Austin Muehring RHP Palomar (Calif.) CC Calif.
20 622 Brock Dykxhoorn RHP St. Anne's SS, Clinton, Ont. Ontario
Dykxhoorn has an imposing presence on the mound at 6-foot-8 and 225 pounds. His fastball sits in the 88-91 mph range and shows good life. His breaking ball can get slurry, but he has a feel for spin and has deception. There's a little effort to Dykxhoorn's delivery which, along with his size, could mean a move to the bullpen is in his future.
21 652 Jordan Remer LHP San Francisco Calif.
22 682 Avain Rachal RHP Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas Texas $100,000
23 712 Daniel Sweet OF Northwest Rankin HS, Brandon, Miss. Miss.
24 742 Mike Saunders RHP Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) Mich.
Saunders has an 88-92 mph fastball and a decent curveball, and he knows how to use them. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder ranked second in NCAA Division II this spring with a school-record 1.23 ERA. He should be the fourth Saginaw Valley State player ever drafted and the first since 1996, with a chance to beat Thomas Merkle (17th round, 1980) as the program's highest selection ever.
25 772 Sean Lucas LHP Albany N.Y.
26 802 Chase Rezac RHP Southern Utah Utah
27 832 Joey Housey RHP Oregon Ore.
28 862 Mo Wiley RHP Houston Texas
29 892 Adam Matthews OF South Carolina S.C.
30 922 Kyle Wren OF Georgia Tech Ga.
The son of Braves GM Frank Wren, Kyle Wren is a 5-foot-10, 166-pound speedster who was having an iffy sophomore season. He's 21 and eligible, and scouts said he's lost some speed from his high school days, though he's still a 65/70 runner on the 20-80 scale. He's an average defender with decent arm strength but little pop to speak of, and he needs to be a more efficient basestealer.
31 952 Austin Salter RHP Cisco (Texas) JC Texas
32 982 Christian McElroy RHP Cincinnati Ohio
Though Cincinnati went 18-38 this spring, it could have three players drafted in the first 15 rounds (righthander Zach Isler, outfielder Jake Proctor and McElroy) for just the second time in school history. McElroy made just one appearance for the Bearcats during a redshirt 2010 season and spent last year at Sinclair (Ohio) CC. The 6-foot-4, 211-pounder lacks consistency with his stuff and command, but his stuff kicked up a notch in 2012. He has a sound delivery, and when he's on top of his game, he'll show a 90-93 mph fastball, a tight curveball and feel for a changeup.
33 1012 Justin Topa RHP Long Island N.Y.
34 1042 Richard McCaffrey LHP UC Santa Barbara Calif.
35 1072 Mike Sheppard RHP Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, N.J. N.J.
36 1102 Jarvis Flowers 2B Cy-Ranch HS, Cypress, Texas Texas
37 1132 Zach Vincej SS Pepperdine Calif.
38 1162 Daniel Poncedeleon RHP Cypress (Calif.) JC Calif.
Ponce de Leon burst onto the prospect landscape as a Cypress freshman last fall, when he touched 94 mph with a promising slider/cutter and curveball. His stock dropped in the spring, when he settled into the 87-91 mph range and struggled with his control. At his best, he has shown a good curveball, but it has been slower and loopier for most of the spring. His 84-86 mph cutter can have late movement, but he cannot command either secondary pitch with any consistency. He also has a rigid one-piece arm action with effort, and scouts are not enamored with his emotional mound demeanor. Ponce de Leon is something of a lottery ticket with a chance down the road thanks to his 6-foot-4, 185-pound frame and makings of a solid repertoire, if he can ever refine it.
39 1192 Jacob Stone RHP Weatherford (Texas) JC Texas
Stone originally committed to play quarterback at Emporia State (Kan.) before deciding to focus on baseball only at Weatherford JC. The Coyotes had the two best junior college freshmen prospects in Texas this spring in Stone and righthander Cameron Cox. While Cox has more projection remaining, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Stone has better present stuff. He throws a 91-93 mph fastball that touches 95 and complements it with a good curveball. He'll need to hone his changeup and command to remain a starter in pro ball. His football background is evident in the way he competes on the mound.
40 1222 Rafael Pineda RHP Texas A&M Texas