Today will be rounds 3-10 of the 2023 Major League Baseball draft. This post will contain all of the information for each one of the Cincinnati Reds selections on Day 2 of the draft. It will be updated throughout the day as each pick comes in. Things get underway at 2pm ET.

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Cincinnati Reds Round 3 Selection: Hunter Hollan – LHP

Background information:

  • School: Arkansas
  • Position: Left-handed pitcher
  • Height: 6′ 5″
  • Weight: 200 lbs
  • Bats/Throws: Left/Left

Scouting Report

Hunter Hollan spent time at San Jacinto Junior College in his first two seasons before transferring to Arkansas for the 2023 season. Hollan throws four pitches. His fastball works in the 89-92 MPH range that touched 97. His slider is probably his best secondary offering – an above-average pitch that works in the low 80’s with some sweeping action. Both his curveball and change up are fringe-average offerings. The curveball is a bit slower than his other stuff, working in the mid-70’s. The change up works in the low-to-mid 80’s.

There’s some projection here as there’s room for him to fill out his frame some. His college numbers haven’t always lined up with what his pure stuff makes you think he would do. There’s some inconsistency at times with how sharp his stuff is. He’s got a chance to remain a starter if he can find that consistency, but a move to the bullpen could allow him to focus on the fastball/slider combo down the line if starting doesn’t work.

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Stats

Year School W L ERA IP H HR BB K WHIP
2021 San Jacinto 10 3 3.08 73.0 82 7 17 104 1.36
2022 San Jacinto 9 3 3.59 80.1 72 8 28 96 1.24
2023 Arkansas 8 2 4.13 80.2 82 13 29 74 1.38

Cincinnati Reds Round 4 Selection: Cole Schoenwetter – RHP

Background information:

  • School: San Marcos High School (CA)
  • Position: Right-handed pitcher
  • Height: 6′ 3″
  • Weight: 190 lbs
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Scouting Report

There’s a lot to like with Cole Schoenwetter, who was rated as highly as the 43rd best prospect (MLB Pipeline) in the draft. Starting with the fastball, it worked in the 93-95 MPH range this season and touched 98 MPH. His breaking ball is probably his best offering. His curveball works around 80 MPH and when it’s on shows hard biting action and is a plus offering. It’s still inconsistent at times. He will also show a slider every so often. His change up shows potential, but it’s a pitch that he hasn’t thrown much in high school.

During his senior season he was inconsistent, showing control issues at times and stamina issues as his stuff would fade the deeper he would go into games. There’s a chance for him to stick as a starter but he’ll need to improve in several areas to do that.

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Cincinnati Reds Round 5 Selection: Connor Burns – Catcher

Background information:

  • School: Long Beach State
  • Position: Catcher
  • Height: 6′ 1″
  • Weight: 185 lbs
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Scouting Report

Arguably the best defensive catcher in the draft, Connor Burns makes his name with the glove and with his arm. A 3-year starter behind the plate, Burns has a plus-plus arm and plus defense at a premium position.

At the plate, though, he’s struggled. As a freshman he hit just .149. In 2022 he hit just .162. There were dramatic improvements in 2023 as a junior. This past season he hit .307 and slugged .608 – with his slugging percentage being better than his OPS was in his first two seasons.  He walked 23 times and had 58 strikeouts in 232 plate appearances in 2023. That’s a high rate of strikeouts for a college player, but it was also an improvement in contact rate from where he had been the previous two seasons. After having just five doubles and four home runs in his first two seasons combined, he hit 14 doubles and 14 home runs (and had two triples) this year.

While he did improve at the plate in 2023, there’s still some real questions about just how much he will hit as a professional. Catchers do tend to develop as hitters later than other position players do, so he gets some leeway here. But there’s probably a backup catcher upside here more so than a future starter in the big leagues.

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Stats

Year Age PA 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
2021 19 76 1 0 3 8 3 32 .149 .216 .299
2022 20 143 4 0 1 15 9 51 .162 .214 .215
2023 21 232 14 2 14 50 23 58 .307 .374 .608
Career 451 19 2 18 73 35 141 .232 .297 .427

Cincinnati Reds Round 6 Selection: Ethan O’Donnell – Outfielder

Background information:

  • School: Virginia
  • Position: Outfielder
  • Height: 6′ 1″
  • Weight: 190 lbs
  • Bats/Throws: Left/Right

Scouting Report

Ethan O’Donnell began his career at Northwestern, but in 2023 he transferred to Virginia where he stole 18 bases and put up an OPS of 1.034 as a junior.

Just how much you believe in the power will make this pick outstanding or simply solid. Some places list his power as below-average, while other places have it as big league average. His hit-tool is fringe-average. Toss in that he’s got above-average speed and there’s a chance for a solid all around offensive player who does a little bit of everything from that standpoint.

But he’s not just a guy with a chance to hit. He’s got chance to stick in center field on the defensive side of things, too. He’s got a solid arm that wouldn’t limit him from playing right field if needed, but probably does profile better in left if he can’t stick in center in the long run.

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Stats

Year Age School PA 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB K AVG OBP SLG
2021 19 Northwestern 134 5 0 6 15 1 11 39 .248 .363 .444
2022 20 Northwestern 214 24 0 10 39 4 24 43 .320 .410 .619
2023 21 Virgina 312 18 1 13 57 18 36 57 .354 .448 .587
Career 660 47 1 29 111 23 71 139 .321 .414 .567

Cincinnati Reds Round 7 Selection: Dominic Pitelli – Shortstop

Background information:

  • School: Miami
  • Position: Shortstop
  • Height: 5′ 11″
  • Weight: 175 lbs
  • Bats/Throws: Left/Right

Scouting Report

Offensively this feels similar to earlier pick Connor Burns in that Pitelli struggled to hit in his first two seasons and then hit much better as a junior. A 3-year starter at Miami, Pitelli hit .219 as a freshman and then .249 as a sophomore – though his power did step forward a bit this season. But as a junior he hit .294/.380/.525 with 14 doubles, a triple, and 13 home runs.

Despite having a much better season at the plate it’s tough to find someone who thinks he’s going to hit for much average or power as a professional. There’s plenty of swing and miss in his game and his raw power is considered to be well below-average.

Where Pitelli shines is on the defensive side of the ball. He’s got plus arm strength at shortstop and there are no concerns with him not being able to handle the position long term. His actions, hands, and range are all quality at short.

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Stats

Year Age PA 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB K AVG OBP SLG
2021 19 189 5 0 4 14 4 16 54 .219 .289 .320
2022 20 254 10 0 8 45 9 26 59 .249 .335 .403
2023 21 274 14 1 13 54 10 26 61 .294 .380 .525
Career 717 29 1 25 113 23 68 174 .258 .340 .427

Cincinnati Reds Round 8 Selection: Carter Graham – First Base

Background information:

  • School: Stanford
  • Position: First Base
  • Height: 6′ 2″
  • Weight: 232 lbs.
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Scouting Report

After leading the Pac 12 with 22 home runs as a sophomore, Carter Graham struggled at times in 2023 and his offensive output didn’t quite match up. This past season hit he .315/.391/.558 with 15 home runs. He finished the season strong after a slump to begin the year, which bought back some of the draft stock that his early struggles had cost him.

Power is his calling card. He has plus raw power and near the top of the charts exit velocities at his peak among the college players in this class. There are some questions about how much average he will hit for as he has some struggles with quality secondary stuff.

Defensively he’s probably limited to first base, but he’s a quality defender there. His arm also stands out at the position.

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Stats

Year Age PA 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB K AVG OBP SLG
2021 19 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .091 .091 .091
2022 20 296 13 1 22 79 1 27 55 .331 .399 .642
2023 21 315 22 0 15 77 9 31 55 .315 .391 .558
Career 622 35 1 37 156 10 58 112 .318 .389 .589

Cincinnati Reds Round 9 Selection: Logan Van Treeck – LHP

Background information:

  • School: Lipscomb
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Height: 6′ 4″
  • Weight: 206 lbs
  • Bats/Throws: Left/Left

Scouting Report

A senior, Logan Van Treeck struggles in his first three years at Lipscomb, but turned things around in a big way as a senior and was the Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year.

In his first three seasons the big lefty walked 63 batters in 82.0 innings. But in 2023 he threw 88.1 innings and walked just 14 batters while splitting time between the rotation and the bullpen (10 starts, 7 relief appearances). That also came with 108 strikeouts.

His fastball works in the low 90’s and he’s topped out at 96 MPH. He hides the ball well and his unconventional mechanics seem to give hitters problems. His slider is an average offering that works in the mid-to-upper 70’s. He’ll also show a fringy curveball and fringy change up.

If his control improvements are for real and he can tighten things up with some of his secondary offerings he has a chance to remain a starting pitcher as a professional. But if he can’t or his control steps back a little bit, the bullpen could become his landing spot where he can scrap some of his secondary offerings and focus more on the fastball and slider.

Video

Here’s a link – the local news station who produced the video has disabled the ability to post it anywhere else.

Stats

Year Age W L ERA IP H HR BB K WHIP
2020 19 0 2 11.25 16.0 20 3 16 16 2.25
2021 20 3 2 5.15 43.2 43 1 23 47 1.51
2022 21 0 2 11.69 22.1 23 4 24 24 2.10
2023 22 8 5 3.67 88.1 69 12 14 108 0.94
Career 11 11 5.81 170.1 155 20 77 195 1.36

Cincinnati Reds Round 10 Selection: Graham Osman – LHP

Background information:

  • School: Long Beach State
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Height: 6′ 3″
  • Weight: 183 lbs.
  • Bats/Throws: Left/Left

Scouting Report

Graham Osman spent the first three seasons of his college career at Arizona State where he worked almost exclusively as a reliever (two starts out of 59 games). As a senior he transferred to Long Beach State and made 15 starts, throwing 78.1 innings and striking out 89 batters. His walk rate improved dramatically as a senior, hidden in there is that he also hit 13 batters during the season.

His fastball works in the low 90’s and will touch 95. He’s got a low 3/4 delivery that’s almost sidearmed. He will also show an above-average slider that along with the arm slot gives it plenty of sweeping action across the zone. His third pitch is a change up that’s below-average and one he doesn’t use often.

While he could start in the minor leagues, his future seems to be in the bullpen at the higher levels.

Stats

Year Age School W L ERA IP H HR BB K WHIP
2020 19 ASU 1 0 22.50 2.0 6 1 2 3 4.00
2021 20 ASU 2 3 4.74 43.2 43 5 34 40 1.76
2022 21 ASU 3 1 9.12 25.2 37 0 19 29 2.18
2023 22 LBS 6 2 4.60 78.1 74 8 33 89 1.37
Career 12 6 5.65 149.2 160 14 88 161 1.66

That wraps up the picks for Day Two of the draft. Everyone will be back at it on Tuesday afternoon at 2pm ET for the final 10 rounds of the draft.

45 Responses

  1. AMDG

    Holland doesn’t seem all that special as a prospect. Perhaps selected to sign under slot and free up $ for one of the day one picks?

    • Tom

      Pretty happy myself with another control / command type with some upside, especially in short stints. Could be another quick to the majors type, but a lefty out of the bullpen.

  2. Brad

    I was happy the Redlegs did not select yet another Catcher in 2nd round. I guess the 3rd round is now the Left Handed Starting Pitcher round after Hubbart last year.

      • Brad

        I dont mind the pick in Round 5. Prefer Catchers in first or after 3rd rounds. Reds do have a type when it comes to Catchers.

    • DaveCT

      The run of big, solid college receivers with a lot of swing and miss may have expired. Hudson, Okey, Nelson, Tanner … Burnd in round five seems just about right as a guy to move thought the system with some of the college as well as the HS arms.

  3. AllTheHype

    Love the Schoenwetter pick in round 4, but he’s gonna be a tough sign. Bet some College Seniors are gonna be picked soon to save some slot $$$.

    • Doug Gray

      I’d imagine anyone they take in the first 10 rounds is signing. Teams rarely don’t sign them these days because they pretty much know exactly what it’s going to take to get it done…. because they have to know now that there are pool amounts tied to the selections.

      • AllTheHype

        You’re right. I probably should have said “over slot” rather than “tough sign”. A HS kid in round 4 that was projected higher is usually an over slot, unless there was another reason he slid.

  4. JaxDan

    I love the pick of Cole Schoenwetter. I am sure a few of the picks will need to be under the slot value to get him signed. I was hoping for some outfield prospects because the farm system A+ and below currently only has Rodriguez and Pineda that I can think of.

    • AllTheHype

      Pretty much all of the SS prospects are also OF prospects because SS prospects are the best athletes. So there’s no specific need to draft or develop OF prospects, although CF is not always “transitionable”.

    • DaveCT

      Ethan O’Donnell’s write-ups reminded me a bit of TJ Friedl, Stuart Fairchild and Justin Boyd’s (from 22). Scouts like his chance to stick in CF and hit with some pop. Certainly not Walker Jenkins but I’m seeing a solid outfielder to step in at Lo-A and be in Dayton next year. Beats playing Jesse Winker in CF.

      The OF depth at Daytona and Dayton has some depth, not a lot and is low on performance. I, personslly, am glad they sent Valdez back to AZ, as he looked so lost at Daytona. But Almonte and Confidan are both young and need time. Almonte is so big already that I imagine getting his swing shorter is got to be a huge challenge. And as you said, there is this guy. Rodriguez.

      At Dayton, the Hendricks situation is not seeming to improve. Justice Thompson has some moments and after that, it’s looking like more filler.

      • The Duke

        I saw Hendrick live last Thursday, he looks absolutely lost at the plate against High A pitching. He’s in the “write him off” category for me.

  5. TJ

    Law had Holland #81 and Schoenwetter #69. If they all sign, Reds get righties Lowder #9, Floyd #47 and Schoenwetter #69, plus leftie Holland #81 from Law. Pretty good haul in a deep class through round 4. Four year catcher Connor Burns goes to Reds in 5th

    • DaveCT

      MLP top 250, with five Reds picks in the top 100 and, so far, nine in the top 250.

  6. Billy

    I’m intrigued by the Hollan write up. Seems odd for someone to sit 89-92 but touch 97. That’s a big jump. Is it possible that the Reds think their player development guys can get him to achieve that peak velocity more consistently? If so, it seems like there’s a possibility that he turns into something useful.

    • Doug Gray

      Touched 97 in short outings in fall ball. As a starter he’s touching 95-ish.

    • AllTheHype

      I read elsewhere that last fall he was sitting 93-94 in shorter stints. But he seemed to have trouble keeping it at that level given the starter workload. That, and the indication that he has one above avg secondary pitch might mean he’s destined for a LHRP, where he might be able to maintain the velo in shorter stints and use the slider his other weapon.
      And that would be just fine from a 3rd rounder.

      • DaveCT

        The thing that got my attention is via the BA scouting report, stating that Hollan had more projection left than you’d think of a college leftie.

  7. MK

    Doubt we see much this year from Top 43 College pitchers as they have thrown a lot of innings in their college seasons. Bet not more than 20 innings if at all.

    • AllTheHype

      Agree, Lowder in particular already threw 120, although his arm is still relatively warm, having pitched a little more than 2 weeks ago. Not sure the Reds would want him to throw any more this year. Maybe a couple of starts if at all.

      • mac624

        I fully expect we see him a time or two in AZ. Get the first professional start out of the way. Go an inning here and there. Not more than a couple of appearances and then get ready for 2024.

      • DaveCT

        I’d love to see Lowder get up to 150 innings next year. That’s pretty much a full workload for a #5 starter which could position him nicely for the tail end of 24 and really nicely for 25.

  8. Jonathan

    This seems to be a very heavy College draft so far compared to former years without doing any research. is that right?

    • Stock

      I think that makes sense and was probably expected. These were HS seniors in 2020 and it did not makes sense to sign for $10,000 when you could wait 3 years and get big money.

      • Jonathan

        That is a good callout. Hadn’t thought of that. I wonder what the ripple down effect will be in future drafts.

  9. Old Big Ed

    I like Carter Graham’s swing, but the video shows him moving like Mike Moustakas’s Aunt Betsy around first base.

    • Champ Summers

      That’s good right? Aunt Betsy has to move better than Moose.

  10. mac624

    Loading up on arms, especially some lefties. Time will tell if any of them make it to the show, but a team can’t have enough pitching that’s for sure.

  11. MK

    MLB.com’s Draft Tracker lists birthplace. For most it says USA. Even though Puerto Rico is US territory they are listed as Puerto Rico. If MLB does not consider them USA, then why are they not international and thus not in the draft?

    I’ve also always wondered why Puerto Ricans are not part of team USA in WBC and Olympics.

    • Old Big Ed

      It uses “CAN” for Canadians. They are draftable as well, and are not a U.S. territory, primarily because they put cheese curds on French fries. I don’t think a heckuva lot of thought was put into it.

      I would guess that Puerto Rico has enough good players to piece together a WBC team, so why not give them a separate team, and that a Puerto Rico native could play for the U.S. if he wanted. I learned from World Cup Soccer/Futbol that nationality is fluid concept in sports.

  12. RedsGettingBetter

    Well, I think today’s better picks in this Reds draft are Hunter Hollan, Cole Schoenwetter and maybe Carter Graham.
    I notice there is no much hardtrowers (98- 100 MPH) overall as we can expect. Probably some will develop more velo in the minors..
    Could Dominic Pitelli be another Trey Faltine?

  13. Coooop

    Hollan: on draft video, Mayo said Was one of best lefties when there were fewer this year.” I bet the Reds saw him pitch best vs top teams like LSU in this game & Dougs SoCar game. Vs LSU & Crews , went through the lineup twice before their reliever.
    https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/hunter-hollan-hagen-smith-lead-arkansas-past-top-ranked-lsu/
    O’Donnell: improved in Cape last summer as shown here in daily stats to best in playoffs! http://pointstreak.com/baseball/player.html?playerid=1601625&seasonid=33239
    Van Treeck and Osman both senior lefties (see note above) so might sign for less than slot.
    Remember Abbott was a reliever in his first 2 yrs at VA before starting his junior yr.

    I live in Cal Central Coast (SLO area) and Big West though not top baseball has some good late round aces: Big West POY Zeglin from Long Beach, Burns can tell what he can throw & Warrecker Cal Poly did great in Cape last summer.

    • BK

      It’s common for college teams to use one of its three best pitchers as a reliever. With conference games, all three-game series on the weekends, they go all out to win two games.

    • Mort

      Hey Coooop. I went to Cal Poly and my mom and sister and her family still live down there. Of course I make the trek down from San Jose all the time.

  14. Stock

    I love the Reds first 5 picks (Rounds 1-4). I don’t know what the experts think but I like them. Since the first 5 rounds make the draft it is a good draft (in my opinion). Anything after the 5th round is a long shot.

    • DaveCT

      I like the 6th and 7th picks, too< Burns and O'Donnall. The more I read on Burns, the more I think he'll be a good receiver to move up the ladder with all of the arms, especially the college arms. And O'Donnall reminds me of past college OFers, Friedl, Fairchild and Boyd (last year). Each with good CF defense and enough pop in their bats to keep it interesting.

      Floyd seems like our underslot guy in day 1 & 2, while Schoenwetter looks like the obvious overslot pick so far.

      Overslot guys always pique my interest, though I do like seeing guys drafted just about where they were projected. Stafura, Burns, O'Donnall, Graham.

  15. Stock

    The Reds sometimes go over slot in round 11. It will be interesting whom they choose tomorrow.

  16. MK

    I like the fact they picked three left handed pitchers today. If they get a couple more tomorrow it will be great.

    Burns report sounds a lot like Mark Koloszvary

  17. MK

    Van Treeck Sounds like a head case. A lot of lefties are a little goofy.