The Reds have signed another draft pick, Kurtis Muller who was the Reds 22nd round pick. Muller is a junior from Iowa who hit .381/.460/.546 this season.

Draft Coverage

Baseball America has up their National League Draft Reviews right now. Here is what they had to say about the Reds:

This could be the Reds’ best draft in years. Yasmani Grandal (1) may not be Matt Weiters or Buster Posey, but he’s an offensive catcher with solid receiving skills. Grandal is Miami’s best catching prospect since Charles Johnson and is a value at No. 12 overall. Cincinnati got another first-round talent in speedy Michigan OF Ryan LaMarre (2), and a trio of prep pitchers with upside in RHPs Wes Mugarian (5), Drew Cisco (6) and Tony Amezcua (7). The grandson of a big league pitcher and coach, Cisco has the least fastball velocity but the most upside thanks to his moxie, command and bloodlines. OF Kyle Waldrop (12), a prep football player with good bat speed, and RHP Lucas O’Rear (13), a former Northern Iowa basketball player, are standout athletes who could be intriguing prospects if they sign.

If the Reds can get the 5-6-7 rounders signed, I would feel a lot better about this draft at the top end. The high school arms all intrigue me and strike me as slightly better than 5-6-7 rounders.

John Sickels also has his draft review up for the Reds over at his site. Here is what he thinks:

I like the Grandal selection, and a lot of scouts think LaMarre will blossom as he gets further past the injury. Neither Lohman nor Greene will be stars, but both have a good shot at being major league contributors. The three high school pitchers would be great to add to the system if they can sign them: Reds fans should be happy if two of them come to terms, though they will all need substantial bonuses. Vidal’s bat is intriguing, but the ninth and tenth round picks look like stretches. Overall I think this is a good class, with a nice mixture of talents and backgrounds…if they can get some of that high school pitching inked.

John also has up a little information on each player at the link, so go check it out.

Ryan LaMarre made his debut last night in game two of the Dayton Dragons double header. He went 0-4 with a run scored. I can’t wait to see this guy play when Dayton gets back home next week.

Jacob Johnson has been pitching very well of late. In his last 5 starts he has a 1.80 ERA with 19 strikeouts and 6 walks in 25 innings. His 6 starts prior to that resulted in a 5.93 ERA with 15 walks and 10 strikeouts in 27.33 innings.

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