Today will see rounds 3-10 of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft take place. This will be updated with information and picks throughout the day as they happen. If you are looking for information on all of the Reds picks, including those before and after this portion of the draft, you can click here and get all of that.

Cincinnati Reds 3rd Round Pick: LHP Jacob Heatherly

The Reds head back to the high school waters to pick up left handed pitcher Jacob Heatherly with the #77 overall pick.

Jacob Heatherly Scouting Report

There have been some mixed reports on Jacob Heatherly throughout the spring. When he’s at his best he’s reaching the mid-90’s with his fastball, though he pitches 89-92 with the pitch. He throws two versions of his curveball with one being a bigger, slower option and one being a shorter, tighter and harder pitch that at it’s best has flashed plus potential. While he has a change up, it’s not one he’s used much in high school. According to AL.com, quoting Jacob Heartherly himself, he’s been working on a cut-fastball since the season ended.

He’s already 19-years-old, one of the older high school players in the draft. He’s got good size, already 6′ 1″ and 215 lbs.

According to MaxPreps.com he posted a 1.11 ERA in 14 games during his senior season with 116 strikeouts and 39 walks in 69.2 innings. The walk rate is high, and control was a concern that some scouts noted during the year. He allowed 24 hits and no home runs. Fun draft note: Chris Buckley has only drafted two left handed pitchers inside the Top 100 of the draft since he took over as the Reds scouting director in 2006. Jacob Heatherly is the highest of the group, with Donnie Joseph being the only other lefty taken in the Top 100.

Frankie Piliere had this to say about Jacob Heatherly

Chris Buckley had this to say about Jacob Heatherly:

He’s a big, strong kid with an above-average fastball and really spins the breaking ball well. We think he has a chance to be a solid starting pitcher in the Major Leagues.

Cincinnati Reds 4th Round Pick: SS Cash Case

The Cincinnati Reds went back to the high school well once again, this time selecting shortstop Cash Case in the 4th round out of The First Academy in Orlando, Florida.

Cash Case Scouting Report

While he is listed as a shortstop, most evaluators believe he’ll slide over to second base in the future. While he does seem like he can play up the middle, even if it’s eventually at second base, it’s his bat that gets people talking.

He’s got a compact, quick swing from the left side and is known to barrel the ball frequently. There’s some pop in his bat with the potential for 15-20 home runs in the future if he fully develops. The chance to hit for a quality average is also there.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that he hit .451 (37 hits) with 17 extra-base hits on the season.

Frankie Piliere had this on Cash Case:

Chris Buckley had this to say about Cash Case:

We really like his bat. He’s best buddies with Jesse Winker down there. He’s kind of similar to Jesse. We think he can be a really good offensive player

Cincinnati Reds 5th Round Pick: RHP Mac Sceroler

The Cincinnati Reds take their first college pitcher of the draft with their 5th round selection of Mac Sceroler out of Southeastern Louisiana.

Here’s some video of the team highlights – Mac Sceroler is #12.

Mac Sceroler Scouting Report

Listed at 6′ 4″ and 205 lbs, Mac Sceroler has plenty of size to work with as a possible future starter. His fastball will work 91-93 MPH and will reach upwards of 95.  His change up is his best offering with some scouts grading it as a potential plus pitch, though it gets more above-average grades than anything else. He throws both a slider and a curveball, with the curveball possibly being an average offering in the future.

Here are his college stats

Year ERA IP H HR BB K
2015 2.45 29.1 17 1 5 26
2016 2.25 96.0 83 6 33 93
2017 3.81 101.2 84 11 34 110

Cincinnati Reds 6th Round Pick: RHP Tyler Buffett

This appears to be where the Reds will start to go heavy on college seniors, taking right handed pitchre Tyler Buffett out of Oklahoma State.

Here’s his entire start against Lamar on May 5th, 2017. The scouting report given by the announcers doesn’t match up with the independent reports, but hopefully the velocity is more accurate from them, as it is quite a bit higher than other reports. His line in the game: 6.1IP, 5H, 3ER, 3BB, 7K.

Tyler Buffett Scouting Report

After three strong seasons, ERA wise, Tyler Buffett saw his ERA balloon to 5.23 as a senior. He moved into the rotation this past year, making 15 starts after starting just eight the previous two years. He did make 10 starts as a freshman.

He’s listed at 6′ 1″ and 196 lbs. He struggled down the stretch for Oklahoma State. After April ended he saw his ERA jump to 6.40 while watching his walk rate jump up (though it was still a quality rate) and his strikeout rate fall off from 8.3 to 7.1 strikeouts-per-9-innings. He also allowed 46 hits in 25.1 innings in May/June after just 74 in 67.2 innings before May.

As a reliever he in the past he was more in the 88-92 MPH range, but as a starter in his senior year he worked in the upper 80’s with the pitch. He brings a solid curveball and a possibly average change up with his secondary offerings. He was drafted by the Astros in the 7th round last season, but didn’t sign. Fun fact: He’s the cousin of Warren Buffett. Yes, that Warren Buffett.

Here are his college stats:

Year ERA IP H HR BB K
2014 2.95 55.0 52 1 24 36
2015 3.65 44.1 56 1 7 32
2016 2.81 83.1 70 0 32 76
2017 5.23 93.0 120 6 22 82

Cincinnati Reds 7th Round Pick: C Mark Kolozsvary

The Cincinnati Reds grab their first catcher of the draft with Mark Kolozsvary out of Florida.

Mark Kolozsvary Scouting Report

Mark Kolozsvary only had 35 total at-bats in his freshman and sophomore seasons. After an injury took out the starter in the middle of 2017, Mark Kolozsvary stepped in and played in 44 games, hitting .274/.378/.442 with 17 walks and 29 strikeouts. Last summer he played well in the New York Collegiate Summer League, hitting .342/.462/.562 in 21 games.

He’s listed at 5′ 9″ and 190 lbs. He has a limited track record behind the plate in front of scouts given his playing time, but he was impressive defensively in the time he has had. He’s got an above-average to plus arm and he’s quite athletic behind the dish, showing off a good ability to block balls in the dirt.

Here are his college stats:

Year AB 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
2015 18 1 0 0 1 1 7 .278 .316 .333
2016 17 0 0 2 5 0 5 .235 .316 .588
2017 113 8 1 3 26 17 29 .274 .378 .442

Cincinnati Reds 8th Round Pick: RHP Connor Ryan

The Reds picked their first pure reliever of the draft when they took Connor Ryan out of the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Connor Ryan Scouting Report

The senior has played the last three years at Illinois-Chicago and pitched out of the bullpen in 22 games in 2017. He made eight starts the previous two seasons, but has never topped 30.0 innings in a season.

The 23-year-old posted a 3.10 ERA in 29.0 innings with just five walks and he struck out 30 batters. In each of his three seasons he’s lowered his walk rate and increased his strikeout rate. He played his freshman season at Prairie State College where he posted a 2.05 ERA in 57.0 innings with 69 strikeouts.

He’s an 88-91 MPH fastball guy who touches 93 MPH. He also throws a solid slider. His control is strong.

Here are his college stats at Illinois-Chicago

Year Age ERA IP H HR BB K
2015 21 4.94 27.1 32 1 14 20
2016 22 1.80 25.0 16 0 8 22
2017 23 3.10 29.0 26 2 5 30

Cincinnati Reds 9th Round Pick: LHP Packy Naughton

This is an interesting pick for the Cincinnati Reds. Packy Naughton is out of Virginia Tech where he split time starting and relieving.

Packy Naughton Scouting Report

Packy Naughton has some arm strength for a lefty, touching 95 at times and sitting in the low 90’s. His breaking ball and change up are both currently below-average offerings, but will show up as average ones at times.

The numbers aren’t great – he’s been hit around quite a bit. His ERA was over 6.00 in each of the last two seasons at Virginia Tech and he allowed 184 hits in 134.0 innings. His walk rate was also higher than you’d like, but his strikeout rate improved each year and was strong in 2017 as a junior.

There are some mechanical concerns that may be worked on as a professional to help clean up his delivery, which could improve his control as well. He was outstanding in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2016, posting a 1.69 ERA in seven starts with just 6 walks and 42 strikeouts in 42.2 innings pitched. With his background and three pitch arsenal, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Reds decided to give him a shot as a starter.

Here are his college stats at Virginia Tech:

Year ERA IP H HR BB K
2015 4.91 44.0 41 5 23 35
2016 6.75 76.0 105 8 34 74
2017 6.24 57.2 79 5 30 63

Here’s what Chris Buckley had to say about Packy Naughton:

He’s a left-handed pitcher with an above-average arm and they are just hard to find.

Cincinnati Reds 10th Round Pick: RHP Robby Howell

The Cincinnati Reds went back to senior picks and selected right handed pitcher Robby Howell out of the University of Central Florida in the 10th round.

Robby Howell Scouting Report

In the first two seasons at Central Florida, Robbie Howell struggled big time. He posted ERA’s of 5.79 and 5.69 in a combined 114.1 innings pitched. Things got much better the next two seasons. He dominated in 2016 as a junior, posting a 1.96 ERA in 101.0 innings. In 2017 his ERA was 3.50 as he went 10-1 in 16 starts and 103.0 innings pitched. He walked 42 batters and had 94 strikeouts. It was easily his best strikeout performance of his career, though his walk rate did jump up.

He’s got a heavy sinking fastball that works in the 88-90 MPH range that can touch 92 at times. He’ll also mix in a solid slider. He also has a change up.

Here are his college stats:

Year ERA IP H HR BB K
2014 5.79 32.2 40 1 11 19
2015 5.69 80.2 103 7 34 58
2016 1.96 101.0 74 2 35 65
2017 3.50 103.0 94 8 42 94

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