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Cincinnati Reds Round 3 Selection: Bryce Hubbart

Background information:

  • School: Florida State
  • Position: Left-Handed Pitcher
  • Height: 6′ 1″
  • Weight: 185 lbs
  • Bats/Throws: Left/Left

Scouting Report

The lefty works with a fastball in the 90-93 MPH range, but has been up to 97 MPH. He shows a high spin rate to go along with the velocity. Hubbart shows two breaking balls, with an above-average curveball in the mid-to-upper 70’s, and an average slider that works 78-82 MPH that he developed in the last year. He also has a below-average change up, but he doesn’t show it too often.

In his time in college he saw his control improve each year and in 2022 he walked just 21 batters in 76.0 innings, following up a good showing in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2021 where he posted a 0.87 ERA and walked just 8 batters in 31.0 innings.

Some believe that he’s eventually going to have to transition to the bullpen, but it’s likely that he’ll get a chance to start in the minors and see if he can develop and remain as a starting pitcher.

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College Stats

Year W L ERA IP H HR BB K WHIP
2020 0 1 6.48 8.1 8 3 8 13 1.92
2021 6 5 3.80 71.0 54 9 29 94 1.17
2022 8 3 3.32 76.0 67 11 21 96 1.16
Totals 14 9 3.71 155.1 129 23 58 203 1.20

Cincinnati Reds Round 4 Selection: Kenya Huggins

Background information:

  • School: Chipola Junior College
  • Position: Right-Handed Pitcher
  • Height: 6′ 3″
  • Weight: 215 lbs.
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Scouting Report

The Cincinnati Reds went back to Chipola Junior College to select 1st round pick Cam Colliers teammate Kenya Huggins. Chipole is one of the premiere junior colleges in the country when it comes to producing baseball talent and the squad was loaded once against in 2022.

Huggins throws his fastball in the low 90’s and has been up to 96 MPH. His slider is an above-average offering and his best pitch. It works in the low-to-mid 80’s and he can throw it both in the zone and get hitters to chase it out of the zone. The change up is a below-average offering and he doesn’t throw it often.

The 19-year-old does need to work on improving his control as he struggled with it at times. He walked 32 batters and had 97 strikeouts in 73.0 innings during the 2022 season. He also threw 6.0 innings in the Cape Cod League this summer.

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College Stats

Year W L ERA IP H HR BB K WHIP
2022 4 3 2.96 73.0 66 7 32 97 1.34

Cincinnati Reds Round 5 Selection: Cade Hunter

Background information:

  • School: Virginia Tech
  • Position: Catcher
  • Height: 6′ 2″
  • Weight: 200 lbs.
  • Bats/Throws: Left/Right

Scouting Report

Previously drafted in the 35th round in 2019, Cade Hunter opted to go to college. He didn’t play much in his first two seasons at Virginia Tech as much of 2020 was missed due to the season being cancelled and then he broke his hamate in 2021. But in 2022 he was healthy and on the field and put up big numbers at the plate, hitting 14 doubles and 17 home runs as he showed off his above-average to plus power.

His hit tool is below-average and scouts wonder how much average he will hit for because he struggles with secondary offerings. That could come into play with regards to just how much of his power he will be able to use in the future, too, as he begins to face better pitching.

Defensively he’s a solid catcher with an above-average arm. He will need to continue to improve his receiving abilities, but he’s gotten better with his skills since his high school days.

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College Stats

Year PA 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB K AVG OBP SLG
2020 36 2 0 1 8 3 7 6 .310 .444 .483
2021 53 0 0 3 9 0 4 17 .178 .283 .378
2022 258 14 0 17 66 11 32 59 .330 .440 .637
Totals 347 16 0 21 83 14 43 82 .304 .416 .580

Cincinnati Reds Round 6 Selection: Zach Maxwell

Background information:

  • School: Georgia Tech
  • Position: Right-Handed pitcher
  • Height: 6′ 6″
  • Weight: 275 lbs.
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Scouting Report

Velocity. That’s what will really stand out when you watch Zach Maxwell pitch. He throws in the mid-to-upper 90’s and touches 101 MPH. Not only is the velocity high, he also spins the ball well and gets good movement with it at times. He also shows an above-average to plus slider at times that works in the mid-80’s. He also showed a change up this past season, but it’s a well below-average offering.

The big negative on his scouting report is that he has well below-average control. As a freshman and sophomore he walked more batters than he pitched innings. This past season he walked 41 batters in 51.1 innings. The stuff is there to profile as a back end of the bullpen caliber reliever, but the control has to take some big steps forward for him to get to that level.

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College Stats

Year W L ERA IP H HR BB K WHIP
2020 1 1 3.14 14.1 6 0 16 20 1.54
2021 2 2 3.09 32.0 20 2 41 56 1.91
2022 5 0 5.26 51.1 44 8 41 84 1.66
Total 8 3 4.24 97.2 70 10 98 160 1.72

Cincinnati Reds Round 7 Selection: Trey Faltine

Background information:

  • School: Texas
  • Position: Shortstop
  • Height: 6′ 2″
  • Weight: 198 lbs.
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Scouting Report

A 4-tool player, Trey Faltine is an above-average defender at shortstop. He shows range and a plus arm at the position. The defense leads the reports, but he also has solid speed and average power potential that he can tap into in the future.

It’s the hitting aspect that is a big question mark. Faltine struck out 104 times in 292 plate appearances this season at Texas. That’s a 36% strikeout rate. If it were half of that it would be bordering on the “probably needs to make more contact” side of things given that even at Texas he’s not facing nearly the caliber of pitching on a daily basis that he would as a professional. He hit .266 in his career at Texas, topping out at .282 in 2022.

The defense is there at a premium position, but he’s going to need to make some big strides at the plate – particularly when it comes to making contact – to reach his potential.

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College Stats

Year PA 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB K AVG OBP SLG
2020 69 3 0 1 7 2 6 11 .259 .343 .362
2021 272 18 0 5 37 7 35 72 .249 .374 .401
2022 292 18 1 15 56 6 33 104 .282 .393 .552
Totals 633 39 1 21 100 15 74 187 .266 .379 .467

Cincinnati Reds Round 8 Selection: Chris McElvain

Background information:

  • School: Vanderbilt
  • Position: Right-Handed pitcher
  • Height: 6′ 0″
  • Weight: 205 lbs.
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Scouting Report

Entering the 2022 season Chris McElvain had only made one start in his first two seasons (though he did start in summer ball), but he made 16 starts as a junior at Vanderbilt this past season and posted a 4.27 ERA in 86.1 innings with 44 walks and 100 strikeouts.

His fastball works in the low 90’s and will touch as high as 96 with solid movement. His slider is his best offering, flashing above-average in the low 80’s. He also shows an average cutter. There’s a finge-average change up that rounds out his 4-pitch mix. His control at Vanderbilt was solid at best. If he’s going to get the most out of his pitch mix and remain a starter he’s going to have to improve his control and throw more strikes in the future.

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College Stats

Year W L ERA IP H HR BB K WHIP
2020 0 0 4.82 9.1 8 0 4 7 1.29
2021 5 1 4.34 45.2 39 6 27 58 1.45
2022 6 5 4.27 86.1 68 11 44 100 1.30
Totals 11 6 4.33 141.1 115 17 75 165 1.34

Cincinnati Reds Round 9 Selection: Rob Hensey

Background information:

  • School: Monmouth University
  • Position: Left-Handed Pitcher
  • Height: 6′ 4″
  • Weight: 220 lbs.
  • Bats/Throws: Left/Left

Scouting Report

A 4-year pitcher at Monmouth, Rob Hensey went from a solid walk rate as a freshman to showing an elite walk rate over the next three seasons. This past year he walked just 13 batters in 81.1 innings and struck out 102 of them.

He throws his fastball in the 88-92 MPH range. He also throws a slider in the upper 70’s and a change up in the low 80’s that shows solid fading action.

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*Not a ton of video I could fine. Monmouth’s twitter has a few clips from this season, but they’re all single pitch videos*

College Stats

Year W L ERA IP H HR BB K WHIP
2019 4 5 3.88 62.2 53 5 23 51 1.21
2020 2 1 2.42 26.0 17 1 3 21 0.77
2021 5 0 1.54 41.0 30 1 6 41 0.88
2022 3 7 3.87 81.1 81 5 13 102 1.16
Totals 14 13 3.24 211.0 181 12 45 215 1.07

Cincinnati Reds Round 10 Selection: Brody Jessee

Background information:

  • School: Gonzaga
  • Position: Right-Handed pitcher
  • Height: 6′ 4″
  • Weight: 217 lbs.
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Scouting Report

A redshirt sophomore, Brody Jesse has pitched out of the bullpen in both of his seasons with Gonzaga. He’s racked up plenty of strikeouts, but his walk totals have been quite high, too.

His fastball works int he mid-90’s and will touch 98 on his best days. His best pitch is an above-average slider that he throws in the low 80’s. He will also show a below-average change up at times.

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College Stats

Year W L ERA IP H HR BB K WHIP
2021 3 0 4.82 28.0 24 0 19 37 1.54
2022 4 3 4.58 35.1 35 4 19 48 1.53
Totals 7 3 4.69 63.1 59 4 38 85 1.53

That wraps up day two of the draft. Tuesday will be the final day with rounds 11-20. We’ll be back here doing the same thing, providing as much information as we can on the players selected. Tell your friends.

64 Responses

  1. JaxDan

    Getting Hubbart in the 3rd round looks like a good pick since he was rated at #72.

    • earmbrister

      Yes, he was actually a guy who’s profile I looked at earlier today. We will probably see a bunch of college pitchers in the next several rounds.

    • LarkinPhillips

      I agree. Seems like a good upside pick this late in the 3rd round.

  2. earmbrister

    Chipola College is to baseball what Duke University is to basketball.

    You can never draft enough Chipola College players …

    • LarkinPhillips

      Very interesting…. Not sure about this pick honestly. Nothing jumps on the screen to me about any of his stuff.

      • Old Big Ed

        He is a big, strong guy who is still only 19. His video shows him as a bit raw but with some easy gas. Some good pro coaching ought to help him a lot.

    • Old Big Ed

      There’s been a few good ones — Jose Bautista, Russell Martin and Patrick Corbin.

      They must have seen him while scouting Cam Collier. Huggins is from New Orleans, which has produced Rusty Staub and Will Clark, not to mention Louis Armstrong and Mahalia Jackson. Plus, I think Miss Kitty Russell worked there, before opening the Long Branch in Dodge.

      • LDS

        Maybe there’s more there than the numbers. Maybe he & Collier are tight, and this enhances the likelihood of Collier signing. Or maybe the BB rate is a simply “glitch” the Reds development team spotted. Finally, a high BB walk rate fits in with the Reds pitching strategy and they won’t have to teach him to miss the strike zone.

      • Redsvol

        Love this LDS – why beat around the bush and worry about high walk rates. Our coaching and development people don’t seem to know how to coach to change it so why not draft people who can throw gas and disregard the rest!

    • earmbrister

      Ok, I guess we need a humor font …

      Or it could be as my teenager would say: Dad you aren’t funny (which she usually says right after she finishes laughing).

    • Oldtimer

      Off topic. The most famous Chipola graduate was Artis Gilmore (basketball), who later starred with Jacksonville University and then Kentucky Colonels (ABA) and Chicago Bulls (NBA).

      • MK

        Jacksonville had the twin towers. Kurt Gowdy got in trouble broadcasting a game where he messed up a couple player names and he said all these guys look alike. That were all thin blacks with big Afros.

  3. LDS

    Another defense first catcher? How about some more hitting, maybe an OF or two.

      • LDS

        I still think there’s a fair position that says they need more OF than C, even at this point in the draft.

    • BK

      He had an OPS of 1.077 and 17 HRs on one of the best teams in college baseball. Scouts are concerned with his ability to hit off-speed pitches (he crushed FBs), but he’s not at all a defense-first catcher.

      • Redsvol

        well thank goodness BK. Because we have a lot of defense 1st catchers who can’t catch a major league slider (queue the Okey & Kolasvery tapes).

    • Old Big Ed

      Hunter’s father is apparently the director of amateur scouting for the Mariners.

      The Covid year still hangs over baseball a bit. It’s hard to knock a guy — or evaluate him — when he loses one year to Covid and then the following year to a hamate bone issue. He did have a 1.077 OPS last year in 258 PAs in a decent college league.

    • LDS

      Hey, you guys are better handicappers than I. I’m reacting to Doug’s comments about the scout’s and thinking of the parade of recent Reds’ hitters that have shown similar deficiencies

  4. Optimist

    OK – back to pitching after yesterday – a more experienced talent with clear year-by-year improvement, and some raw ability with just enough experience beyond HS to be worthwhile.

    Hope this shows some very discrete work in scouting, and that, as with all pitchers, medical/bio-mechanical review was thorough.

  5. ptaylor2112

    Huggins’ delivery seems pretty slow, even from the stretch.

  6. Hunt4RedsOct

    Zach Maxwell definitely reminds me of Joe Boyle

  7. haven

    I love the draft, but it is funny how much we put into these guys. in reality it is all about the first two guys, if cam stinks the class will look bad if he’s awesome we will all say man can you believe we got cam and that back end of the bullpen guy in 2022.

    • Doug Gray

      The general rule for a “good draft” is to get 1 every day regular/starting pitcher and 1 bench player/reliever. If you get that out of your draft, you did well. If you get better than that – throw a pizza party.

      • James K

        Sometimes those second-day draft players turn out well. Mahle was a fifth round choice, right? And I think Ashcroft was, too. Still, your point is correct that one and a half good players is about par.

      • Doug Gray

        Sure, every now and again you get a guy that’s not a 1st rounder that pans out as an average or better big leaguer…. but it’s not commonly happening in any organization on a somewhat regular basis.

      • Redsvol

        um, Doug, no disrespect, but you might want to look at that current Cardinals 40 man roster. They are killing it on days 2 and 3. Starting position players and relievers from day 2 and 3 are very common on the Cardinals.

      • Doug Gray

        You might want to look at the history of the draft. The exception doesn’t prove the rule.

      • Earmbrister

        Redsvol, over how many years? Molina was drafted before man landed on the moon. Take the draftees divided by the years (earliest to latest) and it’s probably close to DGs rule of thumb.

      • Michael E

        Yeah, I am always surprised at how few players I recognize from drafts the prior decade. Seriously can go through first, second and third round and only really recognize 10-15 players that made any significant positive MLB impact. Lower rounds even worse, so for 30+ teams and only getting 20 or so truly MLB impacting players, well, that says more than a handful of teams will come up snake eyes from any given draft. Sure, maybe 40 or 50 play 50+ MLB games in their career, but half of those will just stink and never make any positive impact.

        I’d have to believe what Doug says is fairly good barometer of successful draft.

    • Old Big Ed

      You wanna know who completely stinks at the draft?

      The Yankees.

      In 2013, they got Aaron Judge early, and Nestor Cortes in the 36th round. Since then, the only guys they’ve drafted who produced at all were Jordan Montgomery in 2014, and Garrett Whitlock in 2017. Whitlock, alas, has produced for the Red Sox, who got him via the Rule 5 draft. The Yanks have exactly 0.0 guys — Senator Blutarsky’s GPA — make the MLB from their 2018 class, not even as a reliever for the A’s. (They did draft Anthony Volpe in 2019.)

      • PTBNL

        Wow, good report. I guess the Evil Empire feel that they can buy people later on after they have risen through the ranks instead of investing in the draft.

  8. Old Big Ed

    Yeah, but it’s kind of like looking at the new class of freshman women in college. We didn’t do any good with them, either, but it was entertaining while it lasted.

    Looking back over the past 10 years or so, the only Reds’ draftees outside of the first couple of rounds who contributed to the Reds were all pitchers. Mahle (7th round in 2013); Antone (5th in 2014); Diaz (12th in 2015); Ashcraft (6th in 2019); and maybe Boyle (5th in 2020).

    The 5 first-rounders from 2015 to 2019 are now all on the team: Stephenson, Senzel, Greene, India and Lodolo. (Austin Hendricks will bust that streak.)

    • LDS

      Haha, it was probably the other way around. Sometimes though, even a late round draft pick makes it to the bigs.

    • Millennial

      Your analogy used in the first 2 sentences was one of the most relatable comments I’ve ever read/heard

  9. Jack

    If they get a bench guy or reliever out of any of these guys its probably a success. The day 1 guys are the ones that count.

  10. Randy in Chatt

    Excellent job once again Doug. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all that you do!

  11. DaveCT

    I’m liking the college arms picked up today. I’m seeing a bit of Andrew Abbott in Hensey and some Carson Spiers in McElvane. Definitely some Joe Boyle in Maxwell.

    The pick I don’t entirely get as of yet is the SS Faltine from Texas. A glove first and low hit SS seems to be a need based pick as much as best player available, given the injury to Gus Steiger, currently injured at Daytona. Unless its probably just the model the team follows on draft day, grabbing a highly regarded defensive college SS.

  12. Matt

    I like the arms the Reds took today. Really hope they can find something with Maxwell and he becomes a shut down back end bullpen guy. (Or completely fix the mechanics and create an A+ starter)

    The others – Hubbart, Hensey, McElvain, Jessee, and Huggins – I’m excited to see, especially with the success the arms from last year have had so far. Wonder if they’ll try and get any of them ramped up enough to through a few innings in Daytona this season.

    Be interesting to see who gets picked up tomorrow!

  13. Magnum 44

    Doug, I don’t know the names, but with Collier going in the first is this the way you expected the draft to go…. Seems like alot if easy signs,

  14. RedBB

    Pretty solid day I guess. Like all the College talent. Still have some mixed feelings on Cam Collier. Obviously it was a great get at #18 but it hurt our next 3 picks by having to draft underslot. He’s also at least 3-4 years away from the Show…a lot can happen in that time.

    • DaveCT

      We should probably wait and see what the bonuses look like before assuming these were sign ability picks.

      I did a quick look at BA’s best tools for this draft yesterday.

      Cam Collier is considered the third best college hitter … again at 17 years old.

      Sal Stewart is considered to have the third best power and the fifth best strike zone judgement for high schoolers. There could be more here than at first glance.

      Logan Tanner is considered the third best defensive catcher in college.

    • DaveCT

      Looking further, with the caveat that a list is a list is a list, and if nothing else, we like lists (!), the following guys were ranked as follows by Baseball America and where drafted.

      Collier, ranked 7th, at 18
      Stewart, ranked 58th, at 32
      Tanner, ranked 68th, at 55
      Hubbert, ranked 79th, at 94
      Hunter, ranked 93rd, at 153
      Faltine, ranked 124th, at 213
      Boyd, ranked 133rd, at 73
      Maxwell, ranked 161st, at 183
      McElvain, ranked 169th, at 243
      Huggens, ranked 206th, at 123
      Jessee, ranked 306th, at 303
      Hensey, unranked, at 273.

      So, five top 100 guys and another five top 200 guys (more or less).

      Ten top 200 guys in 12 team picks and in 303 picks total.

      • BK

        Thanks for pulling this all together–looks like our Redlegs have had two very nice days.

      • Earmbrister

        If in average a MLB team would be expected to draft 7 players in the top 200, 10 is well above average (143%).

        Nice work Dave.

  15. AMDG

    In the MLB Draft, the success rate seems to generally drop off sharply after Round 1.

    So that seems to indicate a team should get the best 1st round prospect they can, and let the rest sort itself out.

    It seems the Reds did exactly that.

    • Michael E

      Yep, go look at drafts between 2000 and 2015. You’ll likely recognize just 10-12 or so first rounders, with half those being just so-so careers. It gets worse round 2 onward. It’s amazing how few prospects make a dent. Lets hope Collier develops well and that one of these pitchers turns into a Reds top 8 prospect (if not two of them) in two years.

  16. Phil

    Premiere means grand opening.
    Premier means best.
    FYI.

    • AMDG

      Premier does not mean best.

      Premier means first in rank, as in a prime minister or chief officer.

      It comes from the Latin word PRIMIS for “first”.

      From this, we get the word PRIME, which designated the first hour of the day (6am), and has long been one of the canonical hours prayed by monks.

      “First” and “Best” may be treated synonymous, but don’t exactly mean the same thing. For example, the Wright Brothers airplane was the first to fly, but may not the best airplane to ever fly. And a first-born child is not necessarily the best child.

      FYI

  17. SultanofSwaff

    In all my years following the draft thru this site this is probably the least inspiring day 2 picks ever for me. A couple potential relievers in there but not seeing much upside as a whole.

    • DaveCT

      That was me earlier. But I’m feeling ok with the club drafting the talent that was available. And Collier are 18 is a still a steal today as it was yesterday. I’m also thinking the college arms may surprise some. At a minimum they will bridge the next generation, ie, Petty. So I think we are ok. Good not great, but I don’t think anyone is great this year. That is, unless Texas cashed in on its risks.

    • wolfcycle

      this is also a product of what is available in the draft. Some of the people in top 10 were getting average mlb player comps. Terrible year for frontline pitching.

      • Earmbrister

        A lot of injuries with draft eligible pitchers.

  18. Michael E

    As a Georgia Tech fan, I liked the pick of Zach Maxwell. Huge dude, power arm, unhittable when he has control under him. He tends to have those games where he walks first two or three hitters and then gets it going or the one true stinker where its that bad and obvious its not his day.

    I sure hope, given the velocity and good movement (Hunter Greene could use Maxwells fastball movement), that the Reds minor league coaches can find the secret to unlock consistent delivery and control from Maxwell, if so and IF he can slim down a tad, he has unlimited ceiling. A project with HIGH upside, a good gamble in round 6.