The 2023 Major League Baseball Draft began on Sunday night and ended on Tuesday evening, covering 20 rounds. The Cincinnati Reds selected 21 players over those three days, taking two pitchers in the first round and a shortstop in the second round. With all of the picks in it was time for the experts to chime in on how everything played out. Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline thinks that Cincinnati had the best draft of anyone.
In a Draft short on college arms, the Reds grabbed two of the best in Wake Forest right-hander Rhett Lowder (first round) and Louisiana State righty Ty Floyd (supplemental first), who both starred at the College World Series. Then they found a way to snare two premium high school talents far later than they should have gone: shortstop Sammy Stafura (second round) and Cole Schoenwetter (fourth).
The players have until July 25th to sign. With the new draft pool allotments in recent years, teams are not selecting players in the first 10 rounds that they aren’t nearly certain they can sign. While it does happen a few times a year for all teams combined, it’s pretty rare when a player selected in the top 10 rounds doesn’t put pen to paper and start their professional career.
Callis ranked what he felt were the best eight drafts. Cincinnati, as mentioned, came in at the top spot. Only one other team in the National League Central division made it into the top eight. Pittsburgh, which had the #1 overall pick, came in at the #8 spot on the list. They selected pitcher Paul Skenes from LSU, who some consider the best pitching prospect in the draft’s history outside of Stephen Strasburg.
The Draft Tracker Is Back
Between today and the signing deadline I will be on top of tracking the draft picks that signed, how much they signed for, and how much draft pool money is remaining over at the Reds Draft Tracker page.