The Cincinnati Reds have signed 2020 1st round pick Austin Hendrick. Jim Callis of MLB.com is reporting that the signing bonus is for $4,000,000 – which is under slot by $366,400. Hendrick, who was named as the 84th best prospect in minor league baseball by Baseball America on Wednesday, now joins the organization at the top of the chart among outfielders – and perhaps the top of the chart among all prospects depending on where you look (Baseball America, for example, has him as the organizations highest rated prospect in their Top 100).
The outfielder likely winds up in right field where his arm strength will play well – though he’s played center in high school and if he doesn’t lose any speed moving forward, there’s an outside chance he could handle the position in the big leagues. The 19-year-old outfielder has some of, maybe even the best power potential in the entire draft, with Baseball America’s report noting that there could be 40-home run power in there down the line.
With the signing of Austin Hendrick, the Reds have now inked two of their six draft picks. Mac Wainwright signed for slot value as the 4th round pick earlier this week. That leaves second round pick and right-handed pitcher Christian Roa, second round competitive balance round B pick and catcher Jackson Miller, third round pick and right-handed pitcher Bryce Bonnin, and fifth round pick and right-handed pitcher Joe Boyle remaining. All are expected to sign and still have plenty of time to do so.
Once the remaining picks all sign, I will be updating the Cincinnati Reds Top 25 Prospects list to include those who make the cut. Until everyone is officially signed, though, I’m holding off. But, if you are a supporter of the site over at Patreon, you already got a chance to see where the draft picks would slot in along with why I decided on those spots.