Yesterday the Cincinnati Reds made two selections in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 draft. They took outfielder Jake Cave and left handed reliever Chris O’Grady. I wrote up a quick report on both players yesterday, which you can read here. Given that you are already here, you probably read that yesterday. Let’s take a look at what others are saying about the two players that the Reds selected.

Baseball America

In their quick breakdown of players, here is what they had to say about each player:

On Jake Cave:

Slap-and-dash type of hitter with grinder attitude and ability to play center field as well as both corner outfield spots.

On Chris O’Grady:

O’Grady’s fastball-slider arsenal won’t wow anyone, but he posted a nearly 5-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio this year in Double-A.

Minor League Ball

Bobby Glover had a quick breakdown of all of the picks over at Minor League Ball. Here’s what he had to say about the two players that the Reds selected:

On Jake Cave:

He lacks power, but the other tools are solid.  With some on-base skills and the ability to play center field, he could be a fourth outfielder.

On Chris O’Grady:

Another lefty reliever who spend most of the year at Double A.  With strong peripherals including excellent control, the ability to miss bats, and good ground ball rates, O’Grady may have a chance to stick as a lefty specialist.

Mark Sheldon talked with new Reds assistant GM Nick Krall about the two picks. Here’s what he had to say:

On Jake Cave:

He can play all three outfield positions. He’s a solid outfielder,” Reds assistant GM Nick Krall said. “He has a good chance to stick on our club, because he’s got a left-handed bat. He’s a good complementary piece to other guys we have on the club.”

On Chris O’Grady:

He can get both sides out, so you’re not just using him as a lefty specialist,” Krall said. “He’s an average stuff guy, but he does a good job with command and gets his outs. He has a chance to be a useful piece on the club.

River Avenue Blues

Mike Axisa had this to say about Jake Cave after his Yankees lost him in the Rule 5 draft:

He’s a lefty hitting fourth outfielder type — not enough power for a corner and just enough defense for center. The Reds have little outfield depth, which bodes well for Cave. He might stick next year.

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