The third 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 31-40 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” it here (it’s just a conference call) or follow a draft tracker here.
31st Round Selection: 2B Ethan Skender, Metamora Township High School (Illinois)
He’s a bit of a grinder type, listed at 5′ 11″ and 175 lbs. Brian Sakowski of Perfect Game had this to say about Skender:
good hitting tools, chance to stick up the middle (I like him at 3B) – Has done nothing but hit the “heck” out of the ball and rake at PG events. Like him a lot.
32nd Round Selection: RHP Will McAffer, Sentinel Secondary School (Canada)
The right hander was sitting at 86-89 MPH earlier in the spring but was up to 90-92 MPH by the end of the spring. He played on the Canadian Junior National Team and has international experience.
33rd Round Selection: RHP Tyler Peyton, Iowa
The right hander sat 88-92 most of the year, but on occasion he would bust out a 96 MPH heater. He’s shown solid control in his career and also throws both a curveball and change up, but both need improvements as they are below-average offerings currently. He played his first year at Iowa Central Community College before joining the Hawkeyes.
34th Round Selection: RHP Connor Bennett, Buford High School (Georgia)
Bennett is an undersized pitcher, listed at just 5′ 9″ and 160 lbs, but he’s got some arm strength. The high schooler out of Georgia was sitting 89-92 MPH in the spring and touching 94 regularly and topped out at 96 in the spring. He’s also got a good breaking ball and will mix in a change up every now and again.
35th Round Selection: CF Alex Krupa, Iowa Western CC
The Reds previously drafted Alex Krupa in the 19th round back in 2013 out of high school. He’s got plus speed to work with and out of high school he had some bat speed, but not much power to rely on. He’s listed at 5′ 9″ and 180 lbs, so he’s undersized somewhat, but it’s a height issue rather than an overall size issue.
36th Round Selection: RHP Mitchell Tripp, Central Florida
The right hander has missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He’s a senior and has played at Oregon State and Lower Columbia College from 2012-2013. He only threw 3.0 innings in 2013 with Lower Columbia College and he never got into a game at Oregon State. He’s been as high as 96 MPH when healthy. He still has a year of eligibility left in college, so he could return if he chooses. After having thrown a grand total of 3.0 innings in college, signing or going back to school would both make plenty of sense.
37th Round Selection: RHP Riley Thompson, Christian Academy (Kentucky)
Thompson was ranked as the 326th best prospect in the draft by Baseball America. He underwent Tommy John surgery just before the draft. Before his injury he sat in the low 90’s and touched the mid-90’s. He’s got a solid slider at times, though it’s rather inconsistent. Hie mechanics aren’t the cleanest around.
38th Round Selection: 3B Matt Kroon, Horizon High School (Arizona)
Kroon is the son of former big league pitcher Marc Kroon. He was ranked as the 225th best prospect in the draft by Baseball America. He’s good a strong arm and good hands and should be able to stick at third base. There are some concerns about his hitting ability, but he has some power potential.
39th Round Selection: SS Kevin Santiago, Rafaelina E. Lebron High School (Puerto Rico)
The switch hitter has some good bat speed from both sides of the plate. He’s not a very fast runner, just average despite being 6′ 0″ and 155 lbs. There’s room to fill out his frame some and he could pick up some power along the way. He’s got an above-average arm that will play well if he’s got to move over to third base in the future.
40th Round Selection: 1B Jonathan Arrowood, St. Edwards University
He goes by JD and he began his career at Wharton County Community College before transferring to St. Edward University in Texas for this past season. He’s listed at 6′ 6″ and 235 lbs. Despite low home run totals in college, you’d have to think there’s some power to grow into at that size. It’s also a rather large strikezone.