Recently linked with the Cincinnati Reds (ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel – subscription needed), Fordham left-handed pitcher Matt Mikulski has vaulted into the 1st round conversation despite being a previously undrafted senior.

Matt Mikulski Scouting Report

Height: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 205

Bats: Left | Throws: Left | Position: LHP

Highest Ranking: 36th (Fangraphs)

What a difference a year can make. Last season Matt Mikulski went undrafted as a junior – granted the draft was just 5 rounds – but during the offseason he changed his mechanics to shorten his arm path and it resulted in better, bigger stuff across the board.

The lefty now throws in the 93-95 MPH range, with a few games higher than that, and touches 98 MPH. His change up and slider are both average to above-average pitches depending on who you ask. There is also a “show me” curveball that he brings out every so often, but it’s a pitch he may wind up having to scrap as a professional.

Despite being absolutely dominant in 2020 and 2021, allowing just 14 earned runs in 89.1 innings (1.41 ERA), just 48 hits allowed, 36 walks, and he struck out 142 batters, some scouts believe he could wind up in the bullpen. Teams that believe the breakout combined with better control that he also showed are more real see him as a potential starter with plenty of upside.

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

Matt Mikulski Video

Sorry for the video option here – but it was the only one I could find from 2021 when his stuff took a step forward.

Matt Mikulski College Stats

Matt Mikulski College Stats

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.

About The Author

Doug Gray is the owner and operator of this website and has been running it since 2006 in one variation or another. You can follow him on twitter @dougdirt24, or follow the site on Facebook. and Youtube.

Related Posts

11 Responses

  1. RobL

    His biggest attribute is being a senior, so he will be available for a below slot deal. Fangraphs also has him with the Reds

    • Doug Gray

      He is a senior, but as a 1st round talent, he’s not going to get much below slot. Senior signs save money when guys aren’t 1st or 2nd round types and don’t have as much leverage. Guys with this talent have leverage.

      • Doug Gray

        That he’s actually a player they want to get moving quickly. The “senior” signs you see getting discounts are almost never actually valued in the round in which they are selected. They are almost always seen as minor league depth with a chance. Those types of guys get what they can get because the organizations don’t care that much if they don’t actually sign them in the long run.

        Guys with this kind of talent? You can’t play those kinds of games. You want them to get their career going because they are likely a part of the future. There will probably be *some* savings versus slot, but it’s not going to be a situation where he’s going to sign for $100,000 when the slot value is $1.7M. There’s also this: You don’t make him a good enough offer commencerate to his talent, he declines it, and you lose that pool money. Given that someone else absolutely will select him early if you don’t, you can’t play that cat and mouse kind of game.

        It’s a bit rare to have a college senior actually fit this profile, so the comps are tougher to point out.

      • RobL

        Doug, you’re right that he won’t get peanuts. But just last year the Dodgers saved over 400K with the 60th pick on Landon Knack. This guy is more highly rated, so saving 350K shouldn’t be out of the question.

      • Doug Gray

        Landon Knack was rated 113th – or basically a 4th or 5th round pick. That’s a lot different than being ranked 30th. But if you save $300,000 on the pick that has a slot value over $2M….. it’s not nothing, but it is also kind of nothing.

  2. RedBB

    Dude’s delivery reminds me a lot of Hader! I would pounce all over him with 1 of our 3 high picks.

  3. kevinz

    Like the Uptick in Velo.
    Since Lately Reds Pitchers have done that.
    Shows he will Put in the work.
    Believe Reds Crush this Draft.
    Always excited for this event.
    Plenty food etc lets go.

  4. Gregmlb

    Has there been any discussion of Colton Montgomery? Seems like he might be a good fit for Reds.

  5. RedsGettingBetter

    Mr Doug, Would you have time enough to write up about Joe Mack before the Draft get in action? it seems recently there are some rumors Reds are interested in him too

  6. Brad

    I’m up for Reds taking on or both of Mikulaki or Tommy Mace at 30/35/52. Save a bit of $, get a fast mover.