The second day of the draft begins at 12:00pm and will be made up of rounds 11-40. 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 in Rounds 11-20 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. After the 20th round, I will make a new post for the next 10 rounds, and so on throughout the day. If you want to follow live, you can “watch” it here (it’s just a conference call) or follow a draft tracker here.
11th Round Selection: SS Brantley Bell, State College of Florida Manatee
Brantley is the son of Jay Bell. He is a 6′ 3″ and 185 lb shortstop. He played his freshman year at Mississippi before transferring after the season. There’s not a ton of scouting info out there on him, but he’s got some bat speed and a short stroke. He seems to have an aggressive approach by looking at his college stats.
Here’s a video from him that’s two years old at this point – but it’s all I could find.
12th Round Selection: RHP Alexis Diaz, Juan Jose Maunez High School (Puerto Rico)
This would be a nice signing by the Reds. The Puerto Rican right hander is already throwing in the low 90’s and has projection left to pick up velocity. He’s also got a curveball and a change up, but neither pitch is average at this point. His brother plays in the Seattle Mariners system and is one of their top prospects, also as a pitcher.
13th Round Selection: RHP Andrew Jordan, Hunter Huss High School (NC)
Andrew Jordan is a 6′ 3″ and 180 lb right handed pitcher that is signed to go play baseball at Charlotte if he doesn’t sign out of the draft. He throws in the 89-91 MPH and has touched 93 MPH at times this spring. The fastball has a little bit of sinking action and armside run to it. He throws a change up and a curveball.
14th Round Selection: RHP Austin Orewiler, Rice
Was injured and redshirted in 2012 and while healthy, didn’t play in 2013. He was a part time player in 2014, but took big steps forward in 2015 and played a big role for Rice. A change in his mechanics before the season played a big role in his improvements. He’s been sitting 91-93 with his fastball this year and has improved his curveball in 2015.
15th Round Selection: 2B Blake Butler, College of Charleston
Butler is a prototypical grinder who gets the most from his abilities. He currently plays second base, though not everyone thinks he can stick there on an every day basis because of his range and some concerns about his arm. He can use the entire field at the plate. With the new baseball in college this year he really upped his power output.
16th Round Selection: RHP Jake Johnson, Southeastern Louisiana University
He was strong in his first and only season at Southeastern Louisiana after spending time at Neosho County Community College previously. He sits in the low 90’s with his fastball and throws a good slider that flashes itself as above-average. His change up is a below-average pitch that has a long way to go if he’s going to remain as a starter, but out of the bullpen he could work well with his fastball and slider combo.
17th Round Selection: 2B Jade (JD) Salmon-Williams, David Suzuki Secondary School (Canada)
MLB lists him as J.D., but what I’m finding online says Jade, so I’m going to go with Jade for now. I’ve also found a few places referring to him simply as JD or Jade Williams. He has been a member of the Canadian Junior National team for several years. I wasn’t able to find much information on him, but I did see an older video of him taking batting practice and his bat speed was impressive.
18th Round Selection: LHP Isaac Anesty, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School (Canada)
The first left handed pitcher the Reds have taken in the 2015 draft, the Canadian teenager has pitched with the Canadian Junior National Team on the international scene. He throws in the 88-91 MPH range with a good curveball in the low 70’s. He also has a change up that’s a below-average offering.
19th Round Selection: RHP Mike Salvatore, Ewing High School (New Jersey)
The right hander is a bit undersized at 5′ 11″ and 170 lb. He’s committed to St. Johns if he chooses to go to college. I can’t find too much scouting information on him other than he’s touched 90 MPH as a reliever. If I can find more information it will be added.
20th Round Selection: LHP Rock Rucker, Auburn Montgomery
Rock Rucker may be the best name in the 2015 Reds draft, certainly so far. He began his career at Auburn, but transferred to Auburn Montgomery where he’s moved to the mound after spending very limited time in the outfield previously. He only threw six innings in 2015, walking eight and striking out 10. Despite limited action, he’s an intriguing arm. Rucker throws in the low 90’s with a good breaking ball, though he is still quite raw.