Today will see rounds 11-40 of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft take place. This will be updated with information and picks throughout the day as they happen. A new topic will be opened for every 10 rounds today. 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 11th Round Pick: RHP Jared Solomon
The Cincinnati Reds kick off the final day of the draft by taking college right handed pitcher Jared Solomon from Lackawanna College.
Here’s some video:
Jared Solomon Scouting Report
The right handed pitcher is a sophomore out of Millville, Pennsylvania. He’s listed at 6′ 2″ and 190 lbs. His fastball works in the low 90’s and he can tough 95. His breaking ball flashes average to above-average, but it’s inconsistent.
Here are his college stats:
Cincinnati Reds 12th Round Pick: RHP Tommy Mace
The Cincinnati Reds take their first high school player of the day with the selection of Tommy Mace out of Sunlake High School in Land O’ Lakes, Florida.
Tommy Mace Scouting Report
Listed at 6′ 7″ and 200 lbs, some saw Tommy Mace as high as a late 2nd round pick. The right hander throws 92-94 MPH now and has projection left with his size to pick up even more velocity. His breaking ball is inconsistent, but flashes at least average and while he doesn’t use a change up often, it’s there. This could be a tough sign, but would be an outstanding pick up if they can make it work.
Here are his senior season stats:
Cincinnati Reds 13th Round Pick: RHP Ricky Karcher
The Cincinnati Reds went back to the junior college ranks to select Ricky Karcher out of Walters State Community College in Tennessee.
Ricky Karcher Scouting Report
He originally went to Michigan, but he only pitched 4.2 innings there as a freshman. He transferred to Walters State for his Sophomore season. He started 12 games there and pitched out of the bullpen in three more.
He works in the 91-94 MPH range with his fastball with a potentially good slider and change up. He’s still considered raw on the mound with plenty of work to do, but all of the parts are there for a quality pitching prospect.
Here are his stats from Walters State in 2017:
Cincinnati Reds 14th Round Pick: OF Brody Wofford
The Cincinnati Reds continue to go hard early on day three with junior college picks, this time selecting outfielder Brody Wofford out of Chipola College.
Here’s some video from May 2015, which is the most recent video I was able to find.
Brody Wofford Scouting Report
The outfielder played as a freshman at LSU but got limited playing time. He hit .242/.254/.306 with 1 walk and 18 strikeouts in 62 at-bats for the Tigers in 2016. He then transferred to Chipola College where he played every day and found far more success, improving his plate discipline in a big way from his time at LSU.
Here are his college stats from 2017:
Cincinnati Reds 15th Round Pick: OF Nate Scantlin
The Cincinnati Reds went back to the high school crop to select Nate Scantlin out of Rose Hills High School.
Nate Scantlin Scouting Report
He’s listed at 6′ 1″ and 180 lbs. He’s been tough to find quick information on. What I can find is that he’s got some speed to work with as an above-average runner. He’s a left handed hitter. ‘He hit .589 with a .653 on-base percentage and 5 home runs as a senior. His coach had this to say about him:
You can’t get the guy out because he doesn’t swing at a bad pitch.
Cincinnati Reds 16th Round Pick: RHP Ryan Nutof
The Cincinnati Reds went to a 4-year college for the first time on day three by selecting right hander Ryan Nutof out of Michigan.
Ryan Nutof Scouting Report
Ryan Nutof split his time between the rotation and bullpen at Michigan. As a freshman he started 14 games with just one relief appearance. In 2016 he made 11 starts and 10 relief appearances and then this season he started 12 games with four relief appearances.
His control improved as a junior, posting what was easily his lowest walk rate of his career. He also posted his highest strikeout rate of his career. Home runs, however, skyrocketed in 2017 as he allowed 11 long balls.
He throws a heavy fastball in the low 90’s and gets up to 95 MPH. He shows fringy secondary offerings with a curveball and slider/cutter, with the latter pitch flashing itself as the better of the two.
Ryan Nutof spoke with the Chicago Tribune a few days ago about hoping to be drafted.
Here are his stats from Michigan:
Cincinnati Reds 17th Round Pick: RHP Junior Harding
The Cincinnati Reds went back to Chipola College to select righty Junior Harding.
Junior Harding Scouting Report
Junior Harding was drafted by the Kansas City Royals previously (20th round, 2015) and is signed on to play at Missouri if he doesn’t sign. He did not play in the 2016 season as he was dealing with ulcerative colitis.
He will throw his fastball in the 88-92 MPH range, though out of the bullpen he’s hit 97. He also shows a curveball that flashes at least average in the upper 70’s to low 80’s.
Here are his college stats with Chipola:
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Cincinnati Reds 18th Round Pick: RHP John Ghyzel
The Cincinnati Reds selected right hander John Ghyzel out of the University of Rochester with their 18th round pick.
John Ghyzel Scouting Report
The right hander is listed at 6′ 5″ and 190 lbs. After struggling with control as a freshman he took big steps forward as a sophomore. He lowered his ERA to 2.97 and cut his walk rate down significantly. As a junior his ERA jumped up some and he didn’t throw nearly as many innings. He also saw his walk rate jump up, but his strikeout rate also jumped up.
Here are his stats from the University of Rochester:
Cincinnati Reds 19th Round Pick: LHP Seth Lonsway
The Cincinnati Reds stuck with the state of Ohio in the 19th round picking lefty Seth Lonsway.
Seth Lonsway Scouting Report
Ranked as the 127th player in the country by Baseball America, Seth Lonsway will be a tough sign at this point in the draft. He’s a 6′ 1″ and 180lb left handed pitcher. He works in the low 90’s with his fastball. He shows an inconsistent curveball, but it’s an above-average offering when it is at it’s best. He also shows a change up every so often and seems to have the potential to be an average pitch in the future.
Cincinnati Reds 20th Round Pick: 3B Blake Wiggins
The Cincinnati Reds wrap up the first 10 rounds of Day 3 with another junior college pick, selecting third baseman Blake Wiggins out of the College of Southern Nevada
Blake Wiggins Scouting Report
Blake Wiggins got three at-bats for Arkansas in 2015 before transferring to Southern Nevada the next season. He was previously drafted by the Phillies (36th round, 2014).
The third baseman put up a nice 2016 season, walking more than he struck out and showing some good pop. The power was still there in 2017, but his plate discipline took a step backwards as hie walk rate was a third of what it had been the previous season. He’s been known to struggle with off-speed offerings according to past reports.
Here are his stats from Southern Nevada: