Recently linked with the Cincinnati Reds (ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel – subscription needed), Blue Valley Southwest High School’s Ben Kudrna has plenty of upside and projection to work with.

Ben Kudrna Scouting Report

Height: 6′ 3″ | Weight: 195

Bats: Right | Throws: Right | Position: RHP

Highest Ranking: 32nd (ESPN)

After a big showing in August Ben Kudrna jumped from a second or third round possibility to a potential first round possibility. With a fastball that works 92-95 and touches 97, scouts believe there’s more in there for him as he continues to mature and fill out his frame. He also mixed in both a slider and a change up. His slider works in the mid-80’s and will touch the upper 80’s at times. It will also show itself as a plus offering every so often, but it’s still one that he isn’t quite consistent with. The change up could be an average big league offering in the future, but like the slider, it needs to be more consistent. He also shows good control of his pitches.

What presents some risk is the same thing you get with all high school pitchers – they are far from the big leagues and that represents more development needing to go right, and their arms to remain healthy. Kudrna is athletic, has room to fill out, and flashes plenty of stuff. For a high school pitcher outside of the top 10 that’s exactly what you want to see.

You can read all of the 2021 MLB Draft Scouting Reports here.

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Basic Information

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.

One Response

  1. Tom

    This is a great upside pick. Hard to see him last to 53, so perhaps he goes as high as 30.