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This post will be updated throughout the day with information on each pick as they come in. All of the Cincinnati Reds selections from rounds 3-10 will be in this one post.

 

Round 3 Selection: Brenden “Bren” Spillane, OF, Illinois

Background Information:

  • School: Illinois
  • Position: Outfield
  • Height: 6′ 4″
  • Weight: 210 lbs
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right
  • Previously Drafted: 34th Round 2015, Pirates

Scouting Report

The stats that Bren Spillane put up this season in the Big 10 are video-game like. In 50 games played for Illinois this season he hit .389/.498/.903 with 17 doubles, two triples, and 23 home runs. Yes, he slugged .903 this year. There’s plus power potential for the corner outfielders – he was announced as a right fielder by the Reds when drafted. Where the concerns come is just how much he will hit for average. There’s plenty of swing-and-miss in his game currently. He struck out 57 times this season, which was a strikeout rate of 26%. For a college hitter, that’s extremely high. With that said, he’s missed plenty of time in his career and could improve his contact rate with a little more experience.

The power is the selling point with Bren Spillane. But it’s not the only selling point, it’s just the biggest one. He’s considered to be very athletic for his size, and he’s an above-average speed guy. That should help his transition to the outfield where he doesn’t have much experience. You don’t really know how well college stats will translate, but on the bases he stole 16 bases in 16 attempts as a junior. While he’s not likely to steal a ton of bases in the professional ranks, that probably does give some insight into his ability as a base runner.

College Stats

Year AB 2B 3B HR SB BB K AVG OBP SLG
2016 9 0 0 0 0 1 7 .000 .100 .000
2017 112 6 1 5 3 14 32 .295 .378 .500
2018 175 17 2 23 16 36 57 .389 .498 .903

Round 4 Selection: Mike Siani, OF, William-Penn Charter School (PA)

Background Information:

  • School: William-Penn Charter School (High School – Pennsylvania)
  • Position: Outfield
  • Height: 6′ 1″
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Bats/Throws: Left/Left

Scouting Report

Entering day two of the draft, Mike Siani was one of the top players remaining on the board. He is a potential 5-tool player in the future. He’s a plus runner with a plus arm that can play a very strong defensive center field. The offensive side of his game is less developed than the defensive one at this point. There is some split among scouts on how much he will hit for both average and power. The ones that like him the most think there’s a potential above-average hitter with average to maybe slightly above-average power potential. Scouts on the other side of the coin are concerned that he won’t hit much, and that his power is below-average.

There’s not much physical projection left for Mike Siani. The improvements will need to come from improving his skills rather than from continued growth and filling out. The rumor is he’s got a solid commitment to Virginia, but it would be surprising if the Reds had not talked to him prior to calling his name without a very good idea that they could get him signed.

Round 5 Selection: Ryan Campbell, RHP, Illinois Chicago

Background Information:

  • School: Illinois-Chicago
  • Position: Right-handed pitcher
  • Height: 6′ 3″
  • Weight: 220 lbs
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right
  • Previously Drafted: Undrafted

Scouting Report

Ryan Campbell is a senior starter for Illinois-Chicago. He spent two years at Wabash Valley College before moving on to Illinois-Chicago, though I can’t find any stats on him from his freshman season. It’s possible that he didn’t play. I will search more. NICKNAME IS SOUP.

He throws in the low 90’s as a starter and can touch the mid-90’s. Good sinking action on the pitch. Throws a lot of strikes with the fastball. He’s projected more as a reliever long term. His slider is considered below-average, but can be a fringe-average offering at times. There could be some more velocity in his frame, particularly if he moves to the bullpen.

When looking at his stats he doesn’t appear to be a guy who misses a lot of bats. He kept the ball in the stadium, a lot, throughout his college career. With a strong sinking fastball, it seems likely that he’s been a big ground ball pitcher throughout his career.

College Stats

Year ERA  IP  BB  K HR 
2016 2.52 35.2 38 11 37 0
2017 3.00 24.0 20 11 17 0
2018 1.53 94.0 75 19 68 3

Round 6 Selection: Yomil Maysonet, RHP, PJ Education School (Puerto Rico)

Background Information:

  • School: PJ Education School – High School (Puerto Rico)
  • Position: Right-handed pitcher
  • Height: 6′ 2″
  • Weight: 187 lbs
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Scouting Report

Yomil Maysonet was the first player drafted out of Puerto Rico in this draft. He was ranked 434th on the Baseball America Top 500 list. He throws his fastball into the low-90’s and has touched 95 MPH. The pitch reportedly shows some good sinking action to it, too. His slider is fringy-average at this point in time and works in the low 80’s. Maysonet has a change up that lacks behind as a third offering. He throws strikes, particularly with his fastball. Good arm action.

Round 7 Selection: Jay Schuyler, Catcher, San Diego

Background Information:

  • School: University of San Diego
  • Position: Catcher
  • Height: 6′ 1″
  • Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right
  • Previously Draft: Undrafted

Scouting Report

Catcher is always a position of need. Jay Schuyler is considered to be a bit raw behind the plate, but is considered to be athletic enough to play elsewhere on the diamond if he eventually needs to move off of the position. He has played some outfield in college, with most of the time being spent in left – though he has a strong enough arm that he could probably play right field, too. He doesn’t have had a standout tool, but he’s shown enough across the board where nothing jumps out as a negative, either. His hit is better than his power, and that’s likely to remain the case. Schuyler is a 4th year junior.

College Stats

Year AB 2B 3B HR SB BB K AVG OBP SLG
2016 52 5 1 0 0 2 17 .250 .291 .385
2017 213 18 0 6 4 14 37 .352 .405 .521
2018 219 10 1 7 5 24 30 .342 .414 .493

Round 8 Selection: Matt Pidich, RHP, Pittsburgh

Background Information:

  • School: Pittsburgh
  • Position: Right-handed pitcher
  • Height: 6′ 2″
  • Weight: 211 lbs
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right
  • Previously Drafted: Undrafted

Scouting Report

Matt Pidich is not a young guy. He was born on Christmas day way back in 1994, making him a 5th year senior. He did not pitch in 2016 due to Tommy John surgery. As a freshman he only made one appearance, and in 2015 he pitched very well in eight games out of the bullpen. He returned in 2017 and split time between the rotation and bullpen. This seas he jumped into the rotation full time. He posted a 3.05 ERA in 91.0 innings with 99 strikeouts. His fastball has below-average velocity, sitting in the 89-91 MPH range. The pitch has plenty of movement to it, though (see video below). His bread-and-butter pitch is an above-average change up in the low 80’s. He’s also got a solid slider/cutter that works in the low 80’s.

Matt Pidich is #41 for Pittsburgh in this video

College Stats

Year ERA  IP  BB  K HR 
2014 18.00 1.0 1 1 2 0
2015 1.72 15.2 7 5 23 1
2016 Did not pitch – Tommy John surgery
2017 4.61 56.2 58 20 48 4
2018 3.05 91.0 82 26 99 4

Round 9 Selection: Andrew McDonald, RHP, Virginia Tech

Background Information:

  • School: Virginia Tech
  • Position: Right-handed pitcher
  • Height: 6′ 6″
  • Weight: 240 lbs.
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right
  • Previously Drafted: Undrafted

Scouting Report

Like the previous pick, Andrew McDonald is a 5th year pitcher, and he was born one day prior to Pidich. He missed the 2015 season, redshirting. He split time in the rotation and bullpen in 2014, 2016, and in 2017. In 2018 he moved full time to the bullpen and had easily his best season. His ERA was 4.45 in 29 relief appearances, pitching in 54.2 innings. He walked 27 batters and had 67 strikeouts. Control can be iffy at times, and his walk rate does reflect that. His fastball sits in the low-90’s, up to 95. He has a solid slider. Profile as a reliever.

From Mason, Ohio and went to Mason High School.

College Stats

Year ERA  IP  BB  K HR 
2014 6.75 13.0 14 8 10 1
2015 DNP – Redshirt
2016 7.54 22.2 32 8 12 2
2017 7.78 59.0 86 28 71 6
2018 4.45 54.2 68 27 67 4

Round 10 Selection: A.J. Moore, RHP, Kennesaw State

Background Information:

  • School: Kennesaw State
  • Position: Right-handed pitcher
  • Height: 6′ 4″
  • Weight: 205 lbs.
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right
  • Previously Draft: Undrafted

Scouting Report

AJ Moore split time in the rotation and bullpen as a freshman, but over the next three seasons he’s made 41 starts and just one relief appearance. Control has been inconsistent, and hadn’t really improved over the years. He did take steps forward in his senior year when it comes to missing bats. He projects as a reliever due to plenty of effort in his delivery. His fastball works in the 89-93 MPH range, and he’ll mix in a slider, too.

College Stats

Year ERA  IP  BB  K HR 
2015 5.05 57 64 37 60 4
2016 4.48 70 79 30 72 5
2017 6.13 72 82 36 58 10
2018 3.24 80.2 57 47 87 3