Reds' Draft Includes Familiar Name
CINCINNATI—When a familiar name on the Reds' draft board was still there in the sixth round, scouting director Chris Buckley was ready to pass.
"He didn't want to take him," general manager Walt Jocketty said. "But some of other people really liked the kid."
The kid was Buckley's son, Sean. The scouting director yielded to majority rule.
"I've got a lot of guys who are willing to give their opinions," Buckley said. "We have five or six guys who won two World Series with Toronto, so I listen to them."
Sean, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound third baseman, was drafted by the Cubs in the 29th round out King High in Tampa in 2009.
"He had a pretty good offer," Buckley said. "He wanted to sign. But his mom and I thought it was better that he go to college."
Sean is coming off a strong year at St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC. He hit .362 with 10 home runs and 52 RBIs. The Reds also took Sean's teammate, right fielder Jon Matthews, in the eighth round.
"Obviously, I know him well," Buckley said. "But you want to be careful."
Again, his people wanted to make the pick.
"We had a number of guys see him," Buckley said. "They wanted to do it. At first, I was hoping he'd get draft by someone else. But they kept saying I was being too tough on him. Once we made the pick I was happy."
Not surprisingly, Sean was one of the first players to sign. His dad stayed out of that, too.
Buckley wasn't the only Reds' draft pick with an intriguing back story. The Reds say they are fine with lefthander Amir Garrett, their 22nd round pick, playing basketball for St. John's and baseball in their system.
"We're very interested in signing him," Buckley said. "The thing with him is he didn't play high school baseball, so we haven't seen him as much as some of the other guys."
• Outfielder Dave Sappelt returned to Triple-A Louisville after missing more than six weeks with an oblique strain. He went 6-for-20 in his first four games back. Sappelt was hitting .333/.402/.543 overall after 27 games.
• Triple-A shortstop Zack Cozart went on an incredible run at the plate for the first two weeks of June. Cozart was hitting .491 through the first 14 games of the month. He had nine extra-base hits in those 14 games.