June 2, 1988: The Reds select Livingston (AL) University SS Jeff Branson as their first choice in the amateur draft.

Branson was drafted in the second round. The Reds lost their first round pick for signing Eddie Milner as a free agent. The only future Cincinnati players drafted in 1988 were Branson and 19th round pick Jerry Spradlin. The Reds passed up Pete Rose, Jr. who was picked in the 12th round by the Baltimore Orioles.

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