The second day of the draft begins at 1:00pm and will be made up of rounds 3-10. If you want to check out what the Cincinnati Reds did earlier in the draft you can find all of that information here. Let’s use this to discuss all of the players draft and I will be updating this post throughout the day with the picks as they happen and adding in scouting reports, stats and video when available. If you want to follow live, you can watch online here or follow a draft tracker here.
3rd Round Selection: SS Blake Trahan, Louisiana Lafayette
The shortstop was rumored to go as high as the late 1st round. He’s listed at 5′ 9″ and 180 lbs, so he isn’t a physically imposing guy. He does project to be a shortstop though as a professional, so he doesn’t need to be a power hitter of sorts. He’s got above-average speed to work with and a quick first step in the field. He’s had some struggles at times with his accuracy on his throws, but he’s got the arm strength if he can find more consistency.
Offensively he projects to have some gap power, but not much over-the-fence power currently or for him to grow into. His swing is unorthodox, but it’s worked for him to this point thanks to strong pitch recognition and good hand-eye coordination.
4th Round Selection: CF Miles Gordon, St. Ignatius of Loyola HS (Canada)
The center fielder is listed at 6′ 1″ and 185 lbs. He’s a left handed hitter with good bat speed, but he doesn’t have much power potential. He also shows above-average speed and he knows how to use it well on the bases and in center field. His swing is more line drive oriented and he can use the entire field to spray the ball. He should stick in center field easily where his bat could play just fine.
5th Round Selection: RHP Ian Kahaloa, Campbell High School (Hawaii)
The Reds went to Hawaii to make their 5th round selection by taking right handed pitcher Ian Kahaloa. He’s got an interesting arm that has sat 93-94 at times this spring and touched 97, but he’s also sat lower this spring as well. He’s 6′ 1″ and 185 lbs, so he has the size to start. His secondary offerings could both be average in the future, with his slider being more consistent now than his change up. The control is solid, but he could improve his command inside of the strikezone.
6th Round Selection: RHP Jimmy Herget, South Florida
The Reds took a somewhat polished pitcher here with the selection of Herget. He throws a sinker in the 89-93 MPH range and has touched a tad higher at times. He throws a good slider, an average curveball and an average change up. He mixes his pitches well. There are some questions as to whether he can start long term, partially due to his thin frame (6′ 3″ and 170 lbs) and partially due to his very low 3/4 arm angle that is nearly sidearmed. Scouts think he could move quickly as a reliever if he has to make that move. He was drafted out of high school by the Braves in the 40th round back in 2012.
7th Round Selection: RHP Jordan Ramsey, UNC Wilmington
Ramsey is a senior, so he will sign on the low end and save money for other picks if needed. He’s got an interesting arm though, hitting as high as 97 MPH while sitting in the low 90’s with his fastball as a starting pitcher most of the time, but he’s been 92-94 at times as well. He moved into the bullpen for his senior year where he’s been sitting 94-95 and touching 97 often. He may be able to move quickly as a reliever, but don’t count out that the Reds try him in the rotation first. He had some injuries in his junior season, resulting in a lack of innings. He was drafted by the Yankees in the 32nd round last year but chose to return to school.
8th Round Selection: SS Mitch Piatnik, State College of Florida Manatee
Mitch Piatnik played his freshman season at Stetson, but transferred after the year to the State College of Florida – Manatee for his sophomore season. The 6′ 0″ and 170 lb shortstop should be able to stick in the middle infield, whether that’s at shortstop or second base may still be up in the air though. He’s a switch hitter and can spray the ball from line-to-line. He’s got above-average to plus speed to work with, but there’s not much power in his bat to tap into. He’s committed to LSU for next season, but may be willing to sign with the Reds.
9th Round Selection: RHP Sarkis Ohanian, Duke
Ohanian is a senior, so he should be an easy and relatively cheap signing. The right hander is listed at 5′ 11″ and 195 lbs. He throws in the low 90’s with his fastball that shows good movement. His breaking ball is solid and has a chance to be an average big league pitch with some late biting action. The right hander also throws a cutter in the 88-90 MPH range. He’s shown strong control over in his senior year after struggling to control the strikezone in past seasons. If his control that was shown in 2015 at Duke follows him, he could move quickly up the ladder.
10th Round Selection: CF Zach Shields, UNC Wilmington
The Reds picked center fielder Zach Shields with their final pick of the day. The left handed hitter is listed at 6′ 2″ and 160 lbs. He only played one season at UNC Wilmington, spending time at Spartanburg Methodist College before transferring. He played mostly right field in college, but he’s got above-average speed and should be able to slide over to center field rather easily. There’s some room for him to fill out his frame some, perhaps adding a little bit of power, but it’s not going to be part of his game.
Here’s that nice catch by @UNCWBaseball Zach Shields @LSUbaseball #NCAABaseball pic.twitter.com/rDB1KweCQc
— Michael Shamburger (@mshamburger1) May 31, 2015
That’s all for today. Rounds 11-40 will take place tomorrow, beginning at 11:00am.