The Cincinnati Reds have officially signed their first draft pick from 2020. Mark Sheldon of Reds.com reports that the team has signed 4th round pick Mac Wainwright. The outfielder was picked out of St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio two weeks ago.
The 6′ 1″ and 211 lb. outfielder played center field in high school, and while there’s a small chance he can remain there, most expect him to slide into right field where his arm strength should play quite well. As we wrote on draft day, he missed time with some injuries in the last year, which may have caused him to be a bit lesser known on the national scene. He was unrated in both the Baseball America Top 500, as well as the MLB Pipeline Top 200 draft prospects. However, Fangraphs had Wainwright rated as the 152nd best prospect in the draft on their list heading into the draft.
Big and physical, Mac Wainwright is best known for his power and his power potential. He put on a show at the Super 60 showcase back in February. At that event, Wainwright put up a 104 MPH exit velocity.
OF Mackenzie Wainwright (@PrepBaseballOH) was the big offensive breakout performer at #Super60. Balanced and explosive. Put up big @TrackManBB numbers .. Picked in 4th Round by #Reds. pic.twitter.com/6ULASIDAJu
— Sean Duncan (@SeanDuncan729) June 12, 2020
The Billings Mustangs are offering 2020 ticket refunds
While there still has not been any official word on Minor League Baseball and the 2020 season, the writing has been on the wall since April that it’s very unlikely to happen.
John Letasky of 406MTSports.com is reporting that the Billings Mustangs, the long time advanced-rookie affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds have begun to offer refunds to ticket holders for the 2020 season. With that said, Mustangs owner Dave Heller gives a tiny bit of hope that there could be some season this year (though I am convinced that it’s not happening).
“It’s my understanding that MLB has put together a committee to look into if the minor leagues are going to play this year, and if so where and under what conditions,” he said.
All of that said, the Mustangs are likely in the final year of affiliated baseball. The Pioneer League, and many other short-season leagues are on the proverbial chopping block for contraction following 2020 from the affiliated minor leagues. Nothing is official on that front, but like a lack of a minor league season this year – it’s all but certain.