Reds Draft Report Card
Best Pro Debut: 1B Travis Wong (48) hit .310-10-45 and led the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in homers, while C Joey Votto (2) batted .269-9-33 and topped the GCL with 25 extra-base hits. OF Chris Denorfia (19) hit .327 with 18 steals and reached Double-A.
Best Athlete: Unsigned 3B Mark Schramek (1) has solid tools across the board, and another unsigned 3B, Kevin Howard (5), offers a little of everything except for power. Of the players currently in the fold, Denorfia has the best package of tools, though his speed is his only true plus.
Best Pure Hitter: Schramek is an outstanding hitter whose .416 average led the Southland Conference. Again, Howard would be the runner-up. Votto has a chance to hit for average and power.
Best Raw Power: Votto over Wong and 1B Walter Olmstead (6), who was bothered by a scratched cornea in his first summer.
Fastest Runner: Denorfia runs the 60-yard dash in 6.7 seconds.
Best Defensive Player: Once again, this could be Schramek (the Southlands defensive player of the year as well as its MVP) or Howard. For now, its either Denorfia or SS Troy Cairns (46).
Best Fastball: RHP Chris Gruler (1) threw 90-94 mph all year and peaked at 97. RHP Corey Wachman (7) showed a 94-96 mph fastball in a predraft workout at Cinergy Field and usually works at 90-94. RHP Kyle Edens (3), whos still negotiating with the Reds, sits at 92-93 mph and was clocked at 97 during the spring.
Best Breaking Ball: Gruler has a true 12-to-6 hammer curveball. Edens and RHP O.J. King (8) have plus sliders.
Most Intriguing Background: Schramek became so frustrated with the Reds that he went to Japan to try out for the Orix Blue Wave. Orix liked him, but he didnt want to commit to a nine-year deal with a $40,000 bonus. RHP Mayque Quintero (31) is a Cuban defector drafted out of the independent Western League. His stuff hasnt lived up to Cincinnatis predraft reports. Unsigned SS Jose Enrique Cruz (13) father Jose held most of the Astros career batting records before Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio came along, and his brother Jose plays for the Blue Jays. RHP Jonathan Georges (16) uncle Will scouts for the Rockies.
Closest To The Majors: Gruler is advanced for a high school pitcher and had his moments in low Class A. Schramek and Edens might have gone to Double-A this summer had they signed.
Best Late-Round Pick: Denorfia.
The One Who Got Away: Cruz, a draft-eligible sophomore, has five-tool potential but has battled injuries in his first two seasons at Rice.
Assessment: Cincinnati signed Gruler almost immediately for $2.5 million, and he quickly proved he wasnt just a signability pick. The always cost-conscious Reds went heavily for college seniors and are still trying to figure out how to sign Schramek, Edens, LHP Camilo Vazquez (4) and Howard, none of whom is demanding an exorbitant sum.
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