Recently linked with the Cincinnati Reds (Buffalo News/Rachel Lenzi), catcher Joe Mack of Williamsville East had a private workout with the Reds on Tuesday. It was just one of three trips he took despite having invitations from 12 teams for private workouts.

Joe Mack Scouting Report

Height: 6′ 1″ | Weight: 210

Bats: Left | Throws: Right | Position: C

Highest Ranking: 19th (MLB Pipeline)

It’s been noted several places that Joe Mack had an up-and-down spring as a senior. Looking at the final number you would have to ask yourself how. The catcher hit .500 as a senior with eight home runs and eight doubles. But he did go through some mechanical changes at the plate in the middle of the year that resulted in him looking more like the guy he had shown to be in the previous few seasons that really put him on the map with scouts.

He has the potential to be a 4-tool player. His only below-average tool is his speed and as a catcher that won’t really come into play or work against him at all. He’s got an average to slightly above-average hit tool, above-average raw power, an above-average arm, and his defense shows all the pieces necessary to become a quality backstop.

There is some risk involved here. High school catchers are the riskiest demographic in all of the draft. Mack, like nearly every teenage catcher, has things that he must improve upon behind the plate if he’s going to become a big league caliber defender.

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.