The Cincinnati Reds seemed like they were the only team out there not announcing that they had signed draft picks from the 2021 Major League Baseball draft. The draft ended on Tuesday afternoon, and until last night just after 10pm, the team had not announced the signing of a single pick. There was, and still is no reason to think they won’t get their players signed, but the announcements – of lack of – was strangely missing. That changed last night as the team released that they had indeed signed six of their 22 draft picks. Update: The Reds have announced the signing of nine more draft picks today, and a non-drafted free agent. Another Update: The Reds have announced that they’ve also signed 1st round (35th overall) pick Mat Nelson. Another update (June 21): The Reds have also now signed 6th round selection Justice Thompson.
While I have been keeping the 2021 Cincinnati Reds Draft Tracker up to date, and it’s something you should certainly check on a daily basis, let’s look at the picks that they did sign.
- Jay Allen – Outfield, John Carroll High School (1st round – comp)
- Mat Nelson – Catcher, Florida State (1st round – comp A)
- Andrew Abbott – Left-handed pitcher, Virginia (2nd round)
- Jose Torres – Shortstop, NC State (3rd round)
- Ruben Ibarra – 1st Base, San Jose State (4th round)
- Thomas Farr – Right-handed pitcher, South Carolina (5th round)
- Justice Thompson – Outfielder, North Carolina (6th round)
- Kevin Abel – Right-handed pitcher, Oregon State (7th round)
- Hunter Parks – Right-handed pitcher, Florence-Darlington Tech (8th round)
- Jack Rogers – Outfield, Sam Houston (9th round)
- Donovan Benoit – Right-handed pitcher, Tulane (10th round)
- Julian Aguiar – Right-handed pitcher, Cypress College (12th round)
- Michael Trautwein – Catcher, Northwestern (13th round)
- Blake Dunn – Outfield, Western Michigan (15th round)
- Owen Holt – Right-handed pitcher, Alvin Community College (16th round)
- Austin Callahan – 3rd Base, Hutchinson Community College (18th round)
- Ryan Cardona – Right-handed pitcher, Marist (19th round)
The team also made it official that they had signed catcher Hayden Jones out of Illinois State. Baseball America reported this agreement last week.
We still don’t know the signing bonuses for everyone who has signed, but more are beginning to trickle in. As soon as I see them they are added into the Draft Tracker (linked above).
The signing deadline is August 1st. The only exception is for college seniors who are eligible to sign after that date.