The 2022 Major League Baseball Draft is about six weeks away. It will begin on Sunday July 17th and run through Tuesday July 19th. There will once again be 20 rounds in the draft. Cincinnati will have 22 selections at their disposal. The Reds will have five picks in the Top 100 as they picked up an additional pick as compensation for losing Nick Castellanos after the 1st round and then another pick after the 2nd round for meeting the “small market” requirements.
Despite drafting 18th overall, Cincinnati has the 8th most draft pool money to spend thanks to their two additional picks in the draft. Below is the breakdown of the slot value of each pick and where that pick is at in the draft.
|Slot value in Rounds 11-20 is up to $125,000|
It’s been a while since the Reds drafted this low – you have to go back to 2014 when their first pick was below 18 and that’s when they picked Nick Howard. With that said, they selected 17th last year when they picked Matt McLain, so they’ve been in the general range very recently.
Baseball America last updated their Top 300 rankings on April 27th. You will need a subscription to see their list.
MLB Pipeline last had an update to their Top 200 rankings on May 24th.
Fangraphs had their most recent update to their draft rankings in mid-March.
We’re going to look at this as it relates to the Reds.
Baseball America’s most recent mock draft came out on June 3rd. You’ll need a subscription to see the whole thing, but they have Cincinnati selecting Dylan Lesko. He was arguably the top pitcher in the entire draft when the season began, but he’s now undergone Tommy John surgery. On top of the potential concerns there, he’s also a Vanderbilt commit and they’ve been able to get a lot of guys to campus over the last two decades who were high-end potential picks.
MLB Pipeline had their most recent mock draft a week ago. Jonathan Mayo has the team selecting shortstop Zach Neto out of Campbell. He hit .405 as a sophomore in 2021. He’s done it again in 2022, hitting .407/.514/.769 with 19 steals (in 20 tries) with 39 walks and 19 strikeouts. Neto also hit .304/.439/.587 in the Cape Cod League last summer.
Prospects Live just released their most recent mock draft this morning. They have the Reds selecting Brandon Barriera. The left-handed pitcher is another Vanderbilt commit. He’s not your typical 1st round profile guy, just 5′ 11″ tall and 171 lbs. Teams have shied away a little bit in the last half-decade or so on the “prototypical” pitcher thing when it comes to size concerns, and with pitchers no longer being expected to throw 7 innings each time out that makes a little more sense.
What’s coming next
Between now and the draft, we’ll be running scouting reports on *roughly* 20-25 players that call into the range where the Cincinnati Reds will be selecting in the 1st round. We’ll cover anyone outside of that range of players that it seems that Cincinnati’s been linked to, and hope that come July 17th when the Reds make their first two selections we’ve at least covered those two players already.