The Cincinnati Reds have officially announced the signings of their 3rd round draft pick Bryce Bonnin, 4th round draft pick Mac Wainwright, and 5th round draft pick Joe Boyle. We heard that Wainwright signed earlier this week, but technically it’s official now. This also comes one day after the team signed their 1st round pick Austin Hendrick. That leaves the two second round picks, right-handed pitcher Christian Roa and catcher Jackson Miller as the players still unsigned from the 2020 draft class. Bryce Bonnin signed for $700,000 according to Jim Callis of MLB.com, which was under slot by $21,900. Joe Boyle signed for $500,000, which was over slot value.
Bryce Bonnin was the Reds 3rd round pick earlier this month. Initially heading to Arkansas, he transferred to Texas Tech as a sophomore after an injury led to the Razorbacks cutting him. His stuff rebounded with the Red Raiders. The righty sits in the 93-95 MPH range and will top out at 97. The fastball reportedly has a high spin rate, that may allow it to play up above what the velocity suggests. He’ll mix in a potentially plus slider in the mid-80’s to go along with a solid curveball and solid change up.
The rub against Bonnin has been control and inconsistency. He hasn’t repeated his mechanics well in his time in college. During the 2019 season he walked 45 hitters in 64 innings to go along with 65 strikeouts. In 2020 he only walked 6 batters in 14.2 innings and picked up 27 strikeouts along the way. The stuff is certainly there to be a future starting pitcher, but the control will need to improve. If he’s got to move to the bullpen, the fastball and slider combination will play very well and the control problems are a bit lesser of an issue in shorter stints.
For Joe Boyle, the Reds 5th round pick, the first thing that stands out is his size and fastball velocity. The Notre Dame reliever is 6′ 7″ and throws up to 102 MPH. He’s got some of the best velocity around, and he’s also got a slider that has been labeled as a plus offering. But he’s also walked 48 batters in 36.0 innings over his three seasons with Notre Dame. Control is a big issue that he’s going to need to overcome as he continues to develop as a professional.