Major League Baseball finally announced the order of the 2021 Major League Baseball draft. With the 2020 season uncertain to be completed, the commissioners office and the Major League Baseball Players Association agreed to leave the order of the 2021 draft up to the commissioner. The reasoning was that if a season wasn’t completed that ordering draft picks on something like 20 games wouldn’t represent the idea behind the draft. The season was completed, though, and the commissioners office has gone ahead and made it official and the order has been based around the regular season records for each team. That leaves the Cincinnati Reds drafting 17th overall in the 1st round in July of 2021. You can read a little more about how the entire draft will play out over at RedsMinorLeagues.com if you want more information.
Tejay Antone and Rookie of the Year
The rookie of the year award for 2020 is going to be a strange one. With just 60 games, things are a bit weird. Ke’Bryan Hayes didn’t get 100 at-bats this year for the Pirates, but he may very well win the award after hitting .376/.442/.682 with Pittsburgh. Maybe Devin Williams and his 0.33 ERA in 22 games and 27.0 innings with 53 strikeouts gets the nod.
Cincinnati only had two rookies get real playing time in 2020 – Tejay Antone and Shogo Akiyama. One of those guys was outstanding all season long, while the other picked things up down the stretch. Antone could get some votes after posting a 2.80 ERA in 35.1 innings in a role that saw him switch back-and-forth between relieving and starting. It’s unlikely he will win the award, though, given the competition. But over at Baseball America they did ask me to pick the rookie of the year for the Reds, and Antone was an easy, easy choice.
More on free agent shortstop Ha-Seong Kim
Last week we looked at whether or not Korean shortstop Ha-Seong Kim could be an option for the Cincinnati Reds after it was announced that his team would post him this offseason. Dan Szymborski ran ZiPS projections for the young shortstop and things look pretty good from that standpoint. Over the next five seasons he’s projected to be a 3.5-3.9 WAR player with a well rounded offensive skillset.
Remembering Joe Morgan
Wick Terrell at Red Reporter wrote about Joe Morgan and how it was Morgan that led to his Cincinnati Reds fandom despite the fact that he never recalled seeing the Hall of Famer play.
Mike Petriello of MLB.com wrote about how Joe Morgan was even better than you remembered on Monday.
But before all that, he was simply a ballplayer, one of the greatest of all time. If you saw him play, that might seem redundant. Well, of course he was. Didn’t you see what he could do? But for those of us who never got the chance to watch him — his last game, for the 1984 A’s, came nearly four decades ago, meaning most anyone under 50 has no real recollection of him on the field — it’s important to remember he wasn’t just a baseball legend. He was legitimately one of the greatest players who ever lived.
MLB Network put together a video on the greatness of Joe Morgan after his passing. It’s made from past interviews and game footage. You can watch it below.