The Cincinnati Reds will be selecting 2nd overall in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. That represents their highest pick in the history of the draft, dating back to its inception in 1965. Each Monday we will take a look at the past week for top draft prospects of note. College baseball is underway now, but the high school season won’t start for another two weeks in warm weather states and even later in some other states, so for now we are going to be focusing on college players.
AJ Puk | LHP Florida
Puk had a solid first start, but his start last week was not nearly as good. He took on Miami (FL) on Saturday and didn’t make it through three innings, lasting just 2.2 innings on five hits with two earned runs. He hit two batters and allowed two doubles in the game, walked no one and struck out five batters. In two starts he’s walked just one batter and has 11 strikeouts, but he’s managed just 6.2 innings pitched thanks in part to five unearned runs (he’s responsible for two errors that have led to some of those).
Buddy Reed | OF Florida
Reed had six hits last week in five games, going 6-18 (.333) with four walks and three strikeouts. All three of his strkeouts came against Eastern Michigan on the 24th. The outfielder also stole two bases during the week. He’s hitting .290/.405/.387 with a double, triple and four steals.
Alec Hansen | RHP Oklahoma
Hansen had a terrible debut in the 2016 season, not making it out of the 2nd inning. His second start went much better, though he still struggled. The big right hander allowed one earned run in 3.0 innings. He walked three batters and had five strikeouts. Through 4.0 innings in two starts he’s walked seven batters with six strikeouts. Not a good start to the season.
Corey Ray | OF Louisville
Corey Ray went 9-19 last week and watched his batting average fall. He had a huge game against Eastern Kentucky to start the week, going 5-6 with a triple and a home run. He would add two more doubles and another home run during the week, all against Ole Miss. He would walk once and strikeout once during the week. He’s now hitting .536/.588/1.143 on the season with four walks, two strikeouts and eight extra-base hits to go along with six steals.
Kyle Lewis | OF Mercer
The big power hitter didn’t show much power in the first week of the season, but that changed in the second week as he homered in three straight games. Overall he would go 7-14 against Georgie and Xavier with three home runs and six total walks (including four against Xavier after homering in the previous three games). A big second week has pushed his line on the season to .462/.600/.846 in seven total games.
Jordan Sheffield | RHP Vanderbilt
The right hander had a solid first start to the season, tossing 5.0 innings with one earned run, three walks and seven strikeouts in the season opener. It was a teaser to what was going to come in his second start. On Friday night he took the mound against Illinois Chicago and dominated. Sheffield tossed 7.0 shutout innings with just one walk and he struck out 11 batters. He was working in the mid-to-upper 90’s early in the game and his final pitch of the game was a fastball at 95 MPH to close out the 7th inning.