When you hit over .400 for your career in college it’s going to grab some attention. That’s what Zach Neto did while playing for Campbell. As a freshman he hit .200, but that came in three games in 2020 before the rest of the season was cancelled. In 2021 he hit .405 and this past season he hit .407. And he did so while showing plenty of power and playing shortstop.
Zach Neto Scouting Report
Height: 6′ 0″ | Weight: 185 lbs
Bats: Right | Throws: Right | Position: Shortstop
Highest Ranking: 16th (Baseball America)
A 5-tool player who may not truly jump off of the page at you in any given area, but is good or better across the board is probably a good way to describe what Zach Neto brings to the table. Defensively there’s some debate as to whether it’s better to keep Neto at shortstop or maybe slide him over to second base due to his range that is solid but unspectacular. His arm plays fine anywhere on the field.
At the plate he’s crushed the ball while at Campbell and he walked more often than he struck out, and in 2022 he had 20 more walks than strikeouts. With that said, his mechanics aren’t typical as he employs a large leg kick that may need some changes as a professional. He projects to hit for both average and some power, with 20-ish home runs not being out of reach for him.
The 2022 Major League Baseball Draft will begin on July 17th and end on July 19th, taking part over a three day period of time. The Cincinnati Reds will have selections 18, 32, 55, and 73 in the first two rounds of the draft. Despite not selecting in the top five, or even the top 10, the Reds have the 8th largest bonus pool allotment to work with due to their compensation pick from losing Nick Castellanos in free agency, as well as a competitive balance round B pick (73rd) that adds a lot of additional pool money.
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