Increased velocity and big time numbers as a junior has vaulted Miami of Ohio’s Sam Bachman into the 1st round conversation of the 2021 Major League Baseball draft.
Sam Bachman Scouting Report
Height: 6′ 1″ | Weight: 235
Bats: Right | Throws: Right | Position: RHP
Highest Ranking: 14th (Baseball America/MLB Pipeline)
101 MPH. That’s where Sam Bachman has gone with his fastball this season. He will sit in the 94-97 MPH range with the pitch, but triple digits aren’t a complete rarity for the right-handed pitcher, either. Coupled with one of the best fastballs in the draft, Bachman may also have the best slider in the draft. It’s a plus-plus pitch when it’s at its best and works in the 87-90 MPH range. He will also show a change up that could be fringe-average, but needs work to be more consistent.
Even though he dominated the MAC with a 1.81 ERA in 12 starts and struck out 93 batters with just 17 walks in 59.2 innings, plenty of scouts in the industry believe that his future is in the bullpen. Bachman doesn’t work deep into games – though with where the game is going that seems to be a little bit less of an issue now than it may have been a decade ago. His mechanics also leave many believing he will also wind up in the bullpen as there’s plenty of effort involved. Teams that think he could start long term will be willing to select him much higher than those who see a reliever, but as a reliever he could be in the big leagues very quickly given his fastball and slider combination.
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For this draft scouting report series we are going to look at prospects rated 6th through 50th in a cumulative ranking based on the Baseball America, MLB Pipeline, ESPN, and Fangraphs draft rankings. The guys in the top five seem to have no chance of dropping to Cincinnati at 17, so we’re skipping them to focus a little more on guys with more of a shot to be Reds. The national rankings are updated throughout the month leading up to the draft, so there could be some slight changes from when the cumulative list was compiled and when you read this.
The 2021 Major League Baseball Draft will begin on July 11th and end on July 13th, taking part over a three day period of time. The Cincinnati Reds will have selections 17, 30, 35, and 53 in the first two rounds of the draft. Despite not selecting in the top five, or even the top 10, the Reds have the 4th largest bonus pool allotment to work with due to their compensation pick from losing Trevor Bauer in free agency, as well as a competitive balance round A pick (35th) that adds a lot of additional pool money.