2011 Draft Report Card: Cincinnati Reds


The Reds were more aggressive than usual, paying over-slot bonuses to Stephenson, Rosa, Wright, Garrett, Romano and Washington. They got a nice balance of prep and college players, hitters and pitchers.
Bonus Spending: $6.4 million
BEST PURE HITTER:  2B Ryan Wright (5) led the U.S. college national team with a .361 average in the summer of 2010 and hit .301/.351/.536 in his pro debut. He has a smooth stroke for a righthander. BEST POWER HITTER:  3B Sean Buckley (6) has plus power and bashed 14 homers in 59 games at Rookie-level Billings. 3B Gabriel Rosa (2) doesn't have Buckley's present power, but he has the raw pop to catch up to him in time. FASTEST RUNNER:  The Reds' fastest signee won't get to use his plus-plus speed, because RHP Brooks Pinckard's (10) future is on the mound. OF Jon Matthews (8) and 2B Ty Washington (43) are above-average runners but not burners. BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER:  Cincinnati will give Rosa the chance to make it at the hot corner, but his range and arm may fit best in right field. Wright has average tools, sure hands and keen instincts at second base, where he made just two errors in 41 pro games.


BEST FASTBALL:  RHP Robert Stephenson (1) worked at 94-95 mph all spring and tops out at 97. The Reds love the upside of LHP Amir Garrett (22), who's 6-foot-6 and already reaches 95 mph despite little pitching experience or instruction. LHP Tony Cingrani (3) and RHPs Kyle McMyne (4) and Pinckard can deal in the mid-90s. BEST SECONDARY PITCH:  Stephenson's curveball or Cingrani's changeup.


BEST PRO DEBUT: Buckley was a Pioneer League all-star, while SS Juan Perez (26) earned similar honors in the Rookie-level Arizona League after hitting .316 with 15 steals. OF Bryson Smith (34) batted .368/.470/.611 between the two leagues. BEST ATHLETE: Garrett has a St. John's basketball scholarship, though his hoops future is cloudy after he was academically ineligible in the fall. The Cubs drafted Pinckard as an outfielder in 2010. Among the position players, Matthews is the best athlete. MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND: Buckley is the son of Reds scouting director Chris. 2B Taylor Wrenn's (27) dad Luke scouts for the Diamondbacks and signed Tino Martinez and Nomar Garciaparra. Unsigned C Jacob Stallings' (42) father Kevin is Vanderbilt's basketball coach. Unsigned OF Shon Carson (44) is a running back on South Carolina. RHP Austin Robichaux (50) opted to attend Louisiana-Lafayette, where his dad Tony is the head coach. CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS: Cingrani, who has two plus pitches and can make it as a starter if he improves his slider. RHP James Allen (7) has a 90-94 mph fastball and could progress rapidly as a reliever. BEST LATE-ROUND PICK: Garrett, who signed a backloaded $1 million deal. Cincinnati also invested $450,000 in RHP Sal Romano (23), who has a promising fastball/curveball combo, and $350,000 in Washington. THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY: LHP Travis Radke (45) has an 88-92 mph fastball and an advanced feel for pitching. He decided to attend Portland.