The 2016 Major League Baseball draft, Day Two, is about to kick off. Today will include Rounds 3-10 and will be updated throughout the day as the Cincinnati Reds make each pick with as much information as I’m able to track down. At this point in the draft, that should easily include stats (for college guys at least) and scouting reports on everyone. If you’re looking for all kinds of information on the draft, you can check out all of the draft coverage we’ve provided here.
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Cincinnati Reds Round 3: RHP Nick Hanson
Height: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 210 lbs. | Born: June 10, 1998 | B/T: R/R
The Reds went to Minnesota to draft Nick Hanson out of Prior Lake High School. He’s still a bit raw, coming out of a cold weather state. He’s sitting in the low 90’s with his fastball now and reaches back to top out at 96 MPH when he’s at his best. His best secondary offering is a power curveball that he throws in the 79-82 MPH range that can be a possible plus offering in the future. He also has a change up, but he rarely had to use it in high school and it’s a pitch that will need to be fine tuned as a professional. He’s got a big time power arm to work with and a starting pitchers frame that he could grow into even more in the future. He does have some questions about just how much control he has right now. Mechanically he’s a bit of a “short arm action” pitcher, but there don’t seem to be any issues that foretell future injury problems.
He’s similar, in a sense, to last years 2nd round pick Tony Santillan. Big, power arm with a power breaking ball and control questions coming out of high school. Santillan throws a little harder, but there are some similarities here. Taking a big time arm with room to possibly add more to the frame, which could add more velocity down the road? Sign me up as a fan of the pick.
Here’s what Frankie Piliere had to say on twitter at the time of the draft:
#Reds take Nick Hanson. XL frame, up to 96 consistently. Improved big down the stretch. 6-6, power arm. Mostly 91-95. CB flashes above avg.
— Frankie Piliere (@FPiliereD1) June 10, 2016
I’m unable to find more updated stats, but as of May 24th he had a 0.68 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 19 hits allowed in 30.2 innings pitched. Those were from the announcement where he was named the Minnesota High School Baseball Player of the Year. Given his limited action due to where he’s played, he may be a bit slower up the chain, particularly in the first two years of his career.
Cincinnati Reds Round 4: LHP Scott Moss
Height: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 220 lbs. | Born: October 6, 1994 | B/T: L/L
It’s been a tough go of things in college for left hander Scott Moss. He missed two seasons at Florida with Tommy John surgery. He only threw 22.2 total innings in college because of that, but he dominated when he was on the mound. He started five games and relieved in eight more. He posted a 1.59 ERA with nine walks and 31 strikeouts – outstanding numbers.
From a scouting perspective the left hander reaches 95 MPH, which is above-average to plus peak velocity. He generally sits in the low 90’s and has a nice biting slider. He also has a change up, but it’s a well below-average offering that needs a lot of work. He’s got a fresh, albeit surgically repaired arm. With his size he’s got a chance to start, but he could probably move quickly as a reliever if the Reds wanted to push that route.
In his best start of the year, in the SEC tournament, he dominated against LSU. He threw 6.0 shutout innings with just three hits allowed, no walks and he had seven strikeouts.
The Reds haven’t shied away from picks like this. In 2014 they took RHP Jose Lopez in the 6th round, who missed the entire year with Tommy John surgery. Like Lopez, he showed plenty of ability when healthy. Unlike Lopez though, Moss has been back on the mound since his injury so there’s a little less uncertainty. At the same time, Moss missed a significant amount of time coming back from his injury and had a much shorter track record. If he hadn’t gone under the knife, from a pure scouting perspective, he’s got an arm that would have had him drafted higher than he went here today.
Cincinnati Reds Round 5: RHP Ryan Hendrix
Height: 6′ 3″ | Weight: 210 lbs. | Born: December 16, 1994 | B/T: R/R
Ryan Hendrix entered the year at Texas A&M looking like a top two rounder, but he had some inconsistencies throughout the year with his stuff. At his best he was sitting in the mid-to-upper 90’s and reportedly topped 100 MPH several different times. His curveball has plus ability, but he’s struggled to throw strikes with the pitch and it backed up some as the season went along. He also throws a change up at times, but it’s clearly a third offering for him.
Hendrix started six games in college, but spent the large majority of his time out of the bullpen, including all of 2016. His numbers, which are below, show some good things and some very poor things. He posted a 6.66 ERA in 24.1 innings as a junior, thanks in large part to his inability to throw strikes. He walked 20 batters and had 36 strikeouts for the Aggies.
There’s a ton of upside here, particularly as a reliever with a guy who at his best comes out and throws in the upper 90’s, touches 100+ and brings an absolute hammer curveball in the low-to-mid 80’s. There’s some risk here too as his stuff wasn’t always close to that in the spring and his control was poor at best throughout the season.
Cincinnati Reds Round 6: RHP Tyler Mondile
Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 175 lbs. | Born: November 4, 1997 | B/T: L/R
Tyler Mondile would usually have been the top prospect in a state like New Jersey, but with Jason Groome out this year he didn’t have a chance. Of course he also went head-to-head against Groome this season for Gloucester Catholic High School and he took home the victory in front of 6,000 people (charity ticket function). He throws a nice moving fastball int he 90-92 MPH range that has touched 96 at times. He also mixes in a solid change up and a curveball that is a below-average offering, but will flash average in the mid-70’s that has 12-6 breaking action.
Cincinnati Reds Round 7: LHP Andy Cox
Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 185 lbs. | Born: October 23, 1993 | B/T: R/L
Andy Cox was selected out of Tennessee in 2015 by the Oakland Athletics in the 37th round, but chose to go back to school for his senior year. He’s spent most of his four seasons with the Volunteers as a reliever, but he’s started 6-8 games in each of his four seasons as well. His senior season was the worst of his career, posting a 6.72 ERA in 68.1 innings with 50 walks and 66 strikeouts.
Sticking with the statistics, his walk rate got worse every year at Tennessee, though it took a big step backwards from 2015 to 2016.
Looking at a scouting report we can see some good and some bad. At his best he is in the upper 80’s and touching 92 with his fastball and mixing in an average slider. That wasn’t seen much during 2016 though, as he was working more in the mid-to-upper 80’s most of the season and saw the slider be more inconsistent than it had been in the past.
As a senior he’s not likely to get much money to sign, so the organization will save plenty of cap money here. They will also be hoping that they can get more of the guy he was in his sophomore and junior year when he showed better and more consistent stuff than what he showed as a senior.
Cincinnati Reds Round 8: 2B John Sansone
Height: 5′ 11″ | Weight: 195 lbs. | Born: September 15, 1993 | B/T: R/R
The Florida State infielder is a college senior who made huge strides at the plate between his first three years, which were very unimpressive and his senior season. He hit between .221-.245 over his first three seasons without a lot of power and a high strikeout rate. In 2016 he hit .374/.459/.585 with a lot more power and he cut his strikeout rate in half from the previous three years of his career.
He struggled in the Cape Cod League in 2014 where he hit just .223/.302/.359. He did perform better in the Northwoods League the next summer, posting a line of .321/.401/.518 with much better plate discipline numbers and a lot more pop in his bat. He seemed to carry that into the 2016 season with the Seminoles. Baseball America had him ranked as the 69th best prospect in the state of Florida. As a senior he doesn’t have much leverage and should sign for well below the slot recommendation.
He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers out of high school in the 39th round of 2012.
Cincinnati Reds Round 9: RHP Alex Webb
Alex Webb is a senior out of the University of British Columbia. He was absolutely dominant in his final two seasons for the Thunderbirds, posting ERA’s of 2.15 and 1.38, with an incredible 0.68 WHIP his senior year. It did come at an NAIA school, so the competition level wasn’t the best, but he absolutely dominated the guys he went up against.
From a scouting perspective he’s got strong control, which we can see show up in the walk column. There’s limited information on him out there, but he’s a guy that throws in the 88-90 MPH range. He may start in the short term, but in the long run he is probably a guy that heads to the bullpen to see if his stuff will play up some and let the control do the work.
Cincinnati Reds Round 10: RHP Lucas Benenati
The Reds went with another senior (5th year) pick in round 10 by selecting right hander Lucas Benanati out of Kansas State. I hope he makes it to the big leagues just so we can have fun with Benenati and Cincinnati. They rhyme.
He’s been up to 93 MPH with his fastball but he has had erratic control at times. We can see that as he walked 14 batters in 28.1 innings this past season over 23 appearances (all in relief). That came along with a 3.81 ERA. That was a step back, at least statistically, from where he was the previous season where he had a 2.27 ERA with eight walks and 26 strikeouts in 31.2 innings. The two years prior to that he pitched for Santa Barbara City College, but missed the 2013 season after undergoing arm surgery. He’s been a reliever outside of his 2012 season at Santa Barbara City College.