The 2017 MLB draft has concluded and below are the Reds selections. The list is highlighted by number two overall pick RHP Hunter Greene. The Reds will now undergo the task of getting these players signed. The players signed will most likely all end up on the Billings and AZL rookie level teams.

1 Hunter Greene RHP
1.5 Jeter Downs SS
2 Stuart Fairchild OF
3 Jacob Heatherly LHP
4 Cash Case SS
5 Mac Sceroler RHP
6 Tyler Buffet RHP
7 Mark Kolozsvary C
8 Connor Ryan RHP
9 Packy Naughton LHP
10 Robby Howell RHP
11 Jared Solomon RHP
12 Tommy Mace RHP
13 Ricky Karcher RHP
14 Brody Wofford OF
15 Nate Scantlin OF
16 Ryan Nutof RHP
17 Junior Harding RHP
18 John Ghyzel RHP
19 Seth Lonsway LHP
20 Blake Wiggins 3B
21 Christian Lindsay-Young RHP
22 Justin Bellinger 1B
23 Adrian Chacon RHP
24 Anderson DeLeon RHP
25 Doug Norman RHP
26 Tyler Brown RHP
27 Clay Fisher SS
28 Harrison Rutkowski LHP
29 A.J. Bumpass OF
30 Garret Shoenle LHP
31 Dondrae Bremner 2B
32 Michael Bono RHP
33 Brady McConnell SS
34 R.J. Barnes OF
35 Stephen Keller RHP
36 Logan Chapman RHP
37 Robert Touron RHP
38 Tyler Littlefield SS
39 Zach Gahagan 3B
40 Ian Jenkins OF


AAA Louisville Bats

The Bats have a 26 – 37 record and are 4th out of 4 in the International League West.

The AAA All-Star Game will be on July 12th.

International League hitters are hitting .255/.324/.392/.716.

C Rob Brantley, .301/.333/.474/.807, continues to do a great job for the Bats. OF Jesse Winker, .301/.379/.379/.758, has hit a bit of a slump over the last week. OF/IF Darnell Sweeney, .333/.414/.431/.845 in 58 PA, is off to a hot start with the Bats. OF Sebastian Elizalde, .295/.361/.392/.753, is having a very solid season at AAA. IF/OF Hernan Iribarren, .297/.348/.430/.779, continues to be a solid performer for the Bats. C Stuart Turner, .222/.300/.222/.522, is struggling a bit in his rehab assignment. 2B Dilson Herrera, .242/.291/.374/.665 has yet to get hot this season.

International League pitchers have a 3.99 ERA.

LH SP Cody Reed (2.47 ERA in 8 GS) is still working out his control issues (43.2 IP, 26 BB). RH SP Sal Romano (1.69 ERA in 6 GS) continues to pitch well. RH SP Robert Stephenson (0.00 ERA in 2 GS) has allowed only 1 H over 9 IP, but allowed 8 BB with 8 SO. RH RP Kevin Shackelford (1.76 ERA) now has 10 S and 39 SO in 30.2 IP. RH RP Louis Coleman (2.38 ERA) has done very well out of the bullpen.


AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Blue Wahoos have a 38 – 27 record and are 1st out of 5 in the Southern League South.

Pensacola will be hosting the AA Southern League All-Star game on June 20th.

Southern League hitters are hitting .244/.323/.369/.692.

IF Alex Blandino, .258/.379/.440/.819, has been on a tear of late. OF Tyler Goeddel, .264/.364/.413/.778, has cooled off a bit lately. OF Brian O’Grady, .195/.338/.416/.754, has been placed on the DL. 1B Eric Jagielo .240/.354/.377/.731, continues to up his numbers. Aristides Aquino, .213/.275/.387/.662, has cooled off a bit from his recent hot streak.

Southern League pitchers have a 3.61 ERA.

Tyler Mahle (1.54 ERA) continues to dominate at AA. RH SP Luis Castillo (2.68 ERA) continues to do a great job at AA. Deck McGuire (3.45 ERA) is pitching well also. RH SP Jose Lopez (3.07 ERA over 14.2 IP) has done well since his promotion from A+ where he had a 2.84 ERA. RH RP Jimmy Herget (2.73 ERA) now has 16 S.RH RP Ariel Hernandez (2.25 ERA) has 39 SO in 32 IP. RH RP Geoff Broussard (1.33 ERA) and RH RP Domingo Tapia (2.62 ERA) continue to pitch well out of the bullpen. RH RP Carlos Gonzalez (0.00 in 4 IP) is throwing great since joining the club.


High A Daytona Tortugas

The Tortugas have a 32 – 29 record and are 3rd out of 6 in the Florida State League North.

The A+ Florida State League All-Star game will be played on June 17th.

Florida State League hitters are hitting .251/.321/.366/.686.

2B Shed Long, .316/.378/.543/.921, is the teams leading hitter. 1B Gavin LaValley, .289/.335/.547/.881, continues to impress at A+. 3B Nick Senzel, .303/.364/.471/.835, is still doing a great job for the Tortugas. C Chad Tromp,.315/.355/.414.770, has made the most of his 121 PA. SS Alfredo Rodriguez (.631 OPS) and C Chris Okey (.513 OPS) continue to struggle at the plate.

Florida State League pitchers have a 3.55 ERA.

RH SP Wendolyn Bautista (2.47 ERA) has only allowed 36 H and 15 BB in 47.1 IP. RH SP Jonathon Crawford, (3.42 ERA), has more BB (37) than SO (24). RH SP Jesus Reyes (3.20 ERA) is pitching well. RH SP Vladimir Gutierrez (5.08 ERA) has struggled lately. RH RP Zack Weiss (3.24 ERA) is pitching well since joining the club. RH RP Tanner Rainey (4.18 ERA) has 47 SO in 28 IP.


Low A Dayton Dragons

The Dragons have a 40 – 26 record and are 2nd out of 8 in the Midwest League Eastern.

The A Midwest League All-Star will be played on June 20th.

Midwest League hitters are hitting .249/.323/.380/.703.

1B Bruce Yari, .277/.407/.462/.869, is off to a great start over his first 81 PA. OF T.J. Friedl, .280/.372/.477/.849, continues to do a great job for the Dragons. OF Taylor Trammell, .269/.358/.438/.797, is doing a great job this season. C Tyler Stephenson, .267/.372/.369/.741, is having a very good season as well. OF Jose Siri, .257/.319/.408/.727, has been hitting well lately.

Midwest League pitchers have a 3.92 ERA.

LH SP Scott Moss (2.47 ERA) is leading the rotation. RH SP Tony Santillan (2.63 ERA) is doing a great job as well. LH SP Wennington Romero (3.82 ERA) is pitching well also. LH RP Andy Cox (1.64 ERA), RH RP Carlos Machorro (1.65 ERA), RH RP Aaron Fossas (2.31 ERA), and RH RP Ryan Hendrix (2.43 ERA) are all pitching well out of the bullpen.


Rookie Billings Mustangs

The Mustangs begin play on June 19th.


Rookie AZL Reds

The Reds begin play on June 24th.


12 Responses

  1. cfd3000

    I’d like to see Long and Senzel, and perhaps LaValley bumped to AA mid-season. That jump in pitching quality will be a big test for both and should clarify just how prospect-y they really are. And if that opens spots at high A for Trammell and Friedl then I’d say they’ve earned the promotion.

  2. james garrett

    I would platoon Winker with the other 3 guys and hit him lead off starting tomorrow.I don’t know about service time for him but this kid needs to play.Billy should not be sent out there if he is banged because he isn’t getting it done over the last couple of weeks.Rest him and let Winker play some.

  3. eric3287

    The next few weeks are going to be pretty interesting. I think you can make an argument that the entire Daytona infield should be promoted. Long (165 wRC+), Senzel (141 wRC+) and LaValley (151 wRC+) are destroying A+ pitching. A-Rod was signed out of Cuba mostly because he was the “closest” to ML ready, so might as well see what he can do in AA. If you move them up, or even just Senzel and Long, you have to move Blandino (142wRC+) up to AAA. Do you move Blandino or Herrera off 2nd in that case?

    Dayton’s OF + Tyler Stephenson look close to earning a call-up, too, especially Friedl (142wRC+) and Stephenson (115wRC+), but it’s hard to see them bumping up Okey or playing Stephenson ahead of him in Daytona.

    I’d love to see the Pensacola pitching staff with the Daytona infield and Dayton OF + Stephenson.

  4. Michael

    MLB network disagrees with your assessment WVredledgs.

    • Michael

      Ill second what Tom said below. The reds have been getting praised for their draft. What did you expect or want them to do differently?

    • Big56dog

      Just curious who had a good draft? It seemed like I went back and looked at a few of the first round draft picks from 5 years ago and only about half are in the major making any impact, curious if anyone perceived to have a good draft 5 or so years ago actually did.

  5. IndyRedMan

    I like Stuart Fairchild! I watched Wake a little and he looks pretty smooth in the outfield. Its a huge IF but if he can hit w/the wood bats then he’s more enough tools to make it!

  6. I-71_Exile

    Excellent news, indeed. Thanks for sharing. The Bruce trade has been a bit of a lowlight until now.

  7. RedsFanForLife

    Both Renda and the newly acquired Sweeney are above league average.

  8. Tom Mitsoff

    One rival executive didn’t mince words. “Cincinnati won the draft by far,” that executive said.

    Not only is No. 2 overall pick Hunter Greene a potential All-Star, so are the Reds’ second and third picks – prep shortstop Jeter Downs and Wake Forest outfielder Stuart Fairchild, that exec asserted.

    That executive went on to cite “bad scouting by other organizations” as reasons for the Reds’ haul. He said stars just kept falling into the Reds’ lap.

    “Sometimes it just falls that way,” he said.

  9. RedsFanForLife

    Thought the Reds were going to take Rooker with the comp A pick. I think Downs would have still been there for the round 2 pick. We got Fairchild. Only time will tell between Rooker and Fairchild. Something to follow over the next few years

  10. eric3287

    A net drop in OPS doesn’t necessarily mean a net drop in offensive production, since OBP is more valuable than SLG. For instance, Suarez’s OBP/SLG is .368/.484 (.852 OPS) and he has a 123 wRC+. Schebler is at .326/.549 (.875 OPS) and also has a 123 wRC+. Duvall is .320/.536 (.856 OPS) but has a 118 wRC+.

    It really all comes down to what can Winker OBP in the big leagues. If he’s in the .380 – .400 range, that’s likely going to provide enough value to outweigh any power deficiencies. If he is in the .340 – .360 range, that’s probably not going to be enough to compensate a lack of power.