The college baseball season is well underway and high schools have begun playing in some states. Who the team drafts with the 2nd overall pick is going to one of the most important, if not the most important thing that the Cincinnati Reds will do in 2016. Making the right pick can set up a franchise for years and years. Making the wrong pick can set a team back. Let’s take a look at how some of the top draft prospects performed last week.
AJ Puk | LHP Florida
After showing good control, though so-so results, in his first two starts it was the third start in which his control issues showed up for the first time in 2016. Taking on Dartmouth he would walk four batters in 5.0 innings and allowed two runs. It was his longest start of the season. Puk began the sixth inning, but a single and a walk led to him being replaced in the game.
Buddy Reed | OF Florida
Reed had an interesting week. On the 1st he had three hits against Central Florida, including two doubles. On the 5th against Dartmouth he was 0-2 with three walks heading into the 12th inning. He led off the inning with a walk-off home run. He hit .333/.440/.650 on the week.
Alec Hansen | RHP Oklahoma
After struggling early in the season Hansen finally showed what has him in the conversation to go near the top of the draft. The right hander struck out 11 batters with just one walk in 6.1 innings. He allowed two runs on four hits and that walk – all coming in the 7th inning.
Corey Ray | OF Louisville
After getting out to an incredible start to the season things slowed down for Corey Ray in the third week of the college season. He went 3-16 on the week. All three of his hits went for extra bases, hitting two doubles and a home run. Ray walked three times and stole six bases.
Kyle Lewis | OF Mercer
Lewis beat up on Florida A&M and Austin Peay last week. He went 9-21 (.429) with four walks and just one strikeout. He showed off his power as well, smacking three doubles and two home runs in five games. He’s hitting .447/.574/.851 on the season with 13 walks and just seven strikeouts.
Matt Krook | LHP Oregon
The lefty is coming back from Tommy John surgery and after showing some flashes earlier in the season it was his start last week that really stood out. He tossed 6.0 hitless innings with two walks and 12 strikeouts. He did however hit four batters in the game too, so his control wasn’t exactly stellar in the performance. He’s got a big time arm, and if he can show a little more control he could be a quick riser later in the spring.