Today I am going to start doing the draft review. The Reds signed 32 picks, so I decided to just go with eight picks per day over four days. Seems like a simple enough format.
First Round – Mike Leake – RHP
Leake signed with a few days left before the deadline and didn’t get any games under his belt before the season ended. Leake will make his organizational debut in the Arizona Fall League starting October 10th.
First Round Compensation – Brad Boxberger – RHP
Boxberger signed at the same time as Mike Leake and also didn’t make his debut this season. Boxberger will not be in the Arizona Fall League like Leake.
Second Round – Billy Hamilton – SS
Hamilton got off to a quick start as he hit .333 over the course of June. However from that point forward he hit just .183 to finish the season at .205./.250/.277. The good is that he still ranks as one of the best athletes from the draft and in the system and Baseball America did just rank him as the GCL’s 13th best prospect despite the numbers.
Third Round – Donnie Joseph – LHRP
Joseph began the year in Billings where he was flat out dominant over his 8 games with a sub 1.00 ERA and WHIP. The lefty finished out the season in Dayton where until the last week of the season he was pretty dominant as well. Had a combined 3.05 ERA with 14 walks and 42 strikeouts in 32.1 innings.
Fourth Round – Mark Fleury – C
Fleury really struggled at Billings as he hit .198/.282/.382 on the season. Thats the bad news. The good news is his peripherals were good. The catcher had a 10.1% walk rate, 18% strikeout rate and a .184 isolated power. His season was weighed down by a .220 BABIP. MinorLeagueSplits.com suggests if we factor in normal luck based on his ball in play tendencies he should have hit .308/.378/.551. Quite a bit of difference, no? Funny things happen sometimes, but don’t worry just yet about Fleury because of his slash line.
Fifth Round – Daniel Tuttle – RHP
The Reds took the Aflac All American and he produced right off the bat (or mound as he is a pitcher). Tuttle had a 1.67 ERA for the GCL Reds with a 54% groundball rate, 7.2% walk rate and a 21.7% strikeout rate. Baseball America tabbed him as the GCL’s 20th best prospect and I named him as the GCL Reds best pitching prospect.
Sixth Round – Mark Serrano – RHP
Arguably one of the best three pitchers in college baseball this year (along with Strasburg and Reds first rounder Mike Leake) Serrano didn’t seem to skip a beat as he stepped into the professional ranks. Serrano posted a 2.11 ERA over 55.1 innings pitched with 0.99 WHIP. He also struck out 29% of the batters he faced.
Seventh Round – Josh Fellhauer – OF
Fellhauer skipped over rookie ball and began his career in Dayton. While playing mostly center field he would hit .280/.348/.453 with a low 12.9% strikeout rate. His season resembled Chris Heisey’s year at Dayton from 2007 almost across the board.