The Cincinnati Reds have selected Sammy Stafura with the 43rd overall pick in the 2023 Major League Baseball draft. Stafura is a shortstop out of Walter Panas High School in Cortlandt Manor, New York.

Sammy Stafura Scouting Report

Height: 6′ 0″ | Weight: 188 lbs.

Bats: Right | Throws: Right | Position: Shortstop

Highest Ranking: 25th – Keith Law/The Athletic

There’s a lot of upside with Sammy Stafura. Already known earlier in his high school career, he really took off in the last year. A strong athlete, Stafura has 5-tool potential. At the plate he’s got a chance to hit for both average and some power, with 25 home runs being the upside.

Where he really stands out is with his speed where he’s a plus to plus-plus runner. Defensively he’s no slouch. He’s a shortstop now and he should remain there long term where he’s got good range and a quality arm. With his speed there’s some thoughts that he could slide to center if shortstop doesn’t work out for one reason or another. He’s considered one of the best athletes in the draft.

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I would be lying to all of you if I said that I didn’t prefer the high upside picks, even if there’s some risk involved with them, once you get outside of the top 15 picks in the draft. And that’s exactly where the Reds went with this pick. Stafura’s tools, if they develop into skills, could make him a 25-25 shortstop at the big league level.

While you will see plenty of 50 grades on his future hit tool (league average), some scouts think there are some unanswered questions about just how much he will hit for and have him as more of a power over hit kind of player. At shortstop that’s not necessarily a bad thing as long as you can hit for enough average to remain an every day player.

Scouting Director Joe Katuska on Sammy Stafura

On what they liked:

Sammy’s a tremendous athlete. We believe he will stick in the middle of the field. Plus run, plus arm, good shortstop actions with a bat that we’ve seen and like. There’s power potential. I think people have seen video from the combine and what he looks like. Very strong kid, hard worker, really self made. We like what the future has for him when he gets professional instruction.

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13 Responses

  1. MK

    Well, if he develops one level a year, he should be ready when Steer, Elly and McLain become free agents.

    • DaveCT

      He, Sanchez, and Cabrera in the middle infield. Duno, Pineda and the other kids, too

  2. DaveCT

    Doug, I’m with you. I love the high ceiling guys. I was less enthusiastic when Leake and Lodolo were drafted, and have appreciated both far more since.

    • AllTheHype

      Pretty excited about this draft so far. And who can disagree with Reds’ scouting given what they’ve accomplished in draft, trades, and int’l the past few years?

  3. Mark Moore

    Athletic, high upside guys are a good thing. He’s definitely young enough and it’s all “potential” at this point. Only time will tell.

  4. RedsGettingBetter

    We could talk about Stafura’s upside as the same Barrero had when was a prospect? Or maybe Stafura is pointing as a Lindor or Correa profile?

  5. SultanofSwaff

    Really clean, quick hands getting to the baseball. Don’t like the stance, but they’ll get him straightened out. Another super athletic kid….he’ll fit right in!

  6. Brad

    5 Names I would consider for Round 3:

    SS Josh Rivera – Florida (senior sign)
    RHSP Teddy Mcgraw – Wake Forest (1st round talent, 10th round health)
    CF Jack Hurley – Virginia Tech
    SS/2B Maui Ahuna – Tennessee
    LHSP Hunter Owen – Vanderbilt (best college LHSP, wears down)

    • Alan

      I’d go Aidan Smith if he’s signable. At that slot, with a Texas commitment, he might not be, but he’d be a good addition to the system if he can be had.

      Otherwise, Hurley or Sykora would also seem to be good gambles (with Sykora being an even tougher sign than Smith, probably).

  7. BK

    Excellent first day. Top pick was best player available, met an organizational need, and shouldn’t take too long to join the big league club. I like that he has good stuff, but is a great “pitcher.” Next pick has upside and a solid floor, also fills the ever-present need for pitching. Final pick a HS SS with loads of potential and the associated risk of being several years away. In sum, we likely added one “Top 100” guy and two more with good potential. Not a bad haul for Day 1.

    • Mike Maelli

      Rhett Louder is better than a top 100 player.He was the 6th rated player in this draft.Ty Floyd,was number 38 and Stafura was number 43.The Reds got 3 very good players.

      • BK

        @Mike, by Top 100, I mean among the some 5,000 minor league baseball prospects, not just the draft. And, I agree it was a good day 1!