The Cincinnati Reds have selected right-handed pitcher Lyon Richardson with the 47th overall pick in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft. Richardson was the Reds 2nd round selection.


  • School: Jensen Beach High School (FL)
  • Position: Right-Handed Pitcher
  • Height: 6′ 3″
  • Weight: 210 lbs
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Scouting Report

Depending on the day in which you saw Lyon Richardson this season it could depend on the report you sent back to your organization. At times he sat in the low 90’s and touched 94. Other days he would sit in the mid-90’s and touch 98 MPH. His breaking ball is a potential plus curveball in the low 80’s. It’s inconsistent and can get slurvy at times. His change up doesn’t show up much in games, but he’s shown it in warm ups for scouts and it projects to be an average-ish offering.

He’s got good size, and he’s a very good athlete. Lyon Richardson was a late riser among the class as he’s been better known as an outfielder in high school until he came out this season and started showing elite-level stuff. There’s a lot of projection with his change up, but he’s got two potential plus pitches with the fastball and breaking ball.


Quick Thoughts

Second rounder who can hit 98 MPH and is extremely athletic? Yeah, sign me up for that all day long. He’s considered a bit raw as a pitcher, and the pick reminds me of Tony Santillan. Or maybe even Nick Hanson. This is one of those big upside picks, and while it is likely he’ll move a little slow, especially early in his career because of his experience, the arm strength is on a different level.

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