Tonight the Major League Baseball draft will begin. The draft will begin at 7:00pm ET and can be watched on MLB.com (link is here) and MLB Network (preview show starts at 6pm ET). Rounds one and two will take place tonight, with rounds 3-10 taking place on Monday, and then Tuesday will round out the draft with rounds 11-20.
The Cincinnati Reds will draft 18th, 32nd, 55th, and 73rd tonight. They’ve got two extra picks – one for losing Nick Castellanos in free agency and the other for being a small market team. Thanks to their additional picks, the Reds have a bonus pool of $10,794,100, which gives them the 7th largest bonus pool to work with in the entire draft.
The Mock Drafts
There are a whole lot of mock drafts out there, but I’m going to share a few of them here from places that I feel are at least somewhat reliable and tapped in – though with regards to Cincinnati, drafting where they are, it’s impossible to know with much certainty what direction they will go as too much can and will play out in front of them.
Carlos Collazo has the Reds selecting Campbell shortstop Zach Neto in the most recent mock draft.
The crew from MLB Pipeline also has Cincinnati taking Campbell shortstop Zach Neto in their final mock draft that was released this morning.
Eric Longenhagen has Cincinnati sticking with a college player, but he has Cincinnati selecting catcher Daniel Susac from Arizona in the final mock draft from Fangraphs.
Keith Law of The Athletic also has Cincinnati selecting catcher Daniel Susac out of Arizona in his final mock draft that was released yesterday.
Kiley McDaniel has the Cincinnati Reds also sticking with a college pick, but he has them selecting Tennessee outfielder Jordan Beck in the final mock draft. His mock draft is for a full 2 rounds and he has the Reds literally selecting three outfielders from Florida in their four picks.
Many of the write ups include that Cincinnati seems to be looking at high school pitching, with many suggesting they’d try to get Dylan Lesko to float to them at 18 and pay a large over slot bonus to sign him, but also that they’re targeting shortstops with the 18th pick.
The MLB Draft Player Rankings
- Baseball America’s Top 500
- MLB Pipeline’s Top 250
- ESPN’s Top 300
- Fangraphs Top 149
- The Athletic’s Top 100
- Our Draft Scouting Reports on potential Reds selections