The Cincinnati Reds selected left-handed pitcher Nick Lodolo out of TCU with the 7th overall pick in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft on Monday night. The 6′ 6″ lefty dominated in 2019 for the Horned Frogs, posting a 2.48 ERA in 98.0 innings where he walked 21 batters and had 125 strikeouts on the season.
This wasn’t the first time that Nick Lodolo was selected in the draft. In the 2016 draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected him with the 41st overall pick, but he chose to not sign and go to college. We have not been able to confirm the rumor that Clint Hurdle is going to direct someone to throw a baseball at someone on the Reds over this.
In his first two seasons at TCU, Nick Lodolo showed good control, and he missed bats – though not to the level he did in 2019. He battled some consistency, though, and as a result his ERA was mediocre, posting a 4.35 mark as a freshman and a 4.32 mark as a sophomore.
Here’s the scouting report that I shared on Nick Lodolo at RedsMinorLeagues.com.
The 6’ 6? and 185-pound left-handed pitcher from TCU is having a dominant junior season. He was a 1st round pick back in 2016 out of high school, going 41st overall to the Pirates, but would go unsigned and head to college. After having solid, but unspectacular results in his first two seasons as a starter, 2019 has seen him break out in a big way. He’s made 15 starts and posted a 2.48 ERA in 98.0 innings with 21 walks and 125 strikeouts for the Horned Frogs.
The big lefty throws his fastball in the low-to-mid 90’s and he does so on a downhill plane thanks to his height and arm angle. He’s scrapped a curveball in favor of a slider that has flashed itself as a well above-average pitch in the low 80’s. His change up will also flash itself as an above-average pitch.
The consistency with his secondary offerings have been the difference maker in 2019. He’s set himself apart from the rest of the college pitchers this season and was the top arm on the board.
With three potential above-average pitches, and control, he could move rather quickly. Jim Callis said he believes that Lodolo will be the first pitcher to reach the Majors from this draft. He’s expected to sign for the full slot value of the pick according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.
For full draft coverage for all 40 rounds over the next three days be sure to stop by RedsMinorLeagues.com where there will be scouting reports, video, stats, and as much other information as possible through Wednesday night.