The first and second rounds of the 2013 MLB Draft will be on Thursday June 6th. The Reds will be drafting three times that day: 27th, 38th and 67th. When you draft this late in the first round, it is awfully hard to peg who exactly will be available to choose from, much less who a team will choose. Over the next week and a half, I will look at the guys ranked in the 20-40 range on the Baseball America top draft prospects list and give stats (when available), scouting reports and even video (when available).
Nick Ciuffo – Catcher – Lexington High School (South Carolina)
Coming into his senior season there were some real concerns that Ciuffo couldn’t remain at catcher in the long run, but he has shown improvements to the point that fewer and fewer are concerned as he has shown off a good ability behind the plate this year to catch and throw. At the plate the left handed hitter has shown off a good hitting ability and projects to have solid power. To this point, the Reds have not been linked to him in a mock draft.
Phillip Ervin – Outfield – Samford
Ervin is a short, but athletic outfielder who has played center and left field in college. He is an above-average to plus speed guy who could play all three outfield positions depending on the team needs. Offensively he has above-average power potential and scouts love his swing. If you watch the video, you can see how short and quick it is to the ball. The Reds have yet to be linked to him.
Rob Kaminsky – Left Handed Pitcher – St. Joseph High Regional High School (New Jersey)
Coming in at 5′ 11″ the lefty is a bit shorter than most first round caliber starting pitchers are, but he brings strong stuff to the table from the left side. He has an above-average fastball that can reach 94 MPH when it tops out and an above-average to plus curveball. He has a change up as well, but it is clearly his third pitch at this point. Perhaps the most advanced high school pitcher on the board, while he doesn’t have a ton of projection, there is a lot of stuff already there. The Reds have yet to be linked to him.
The Reds, like every organization, is always in need of catchers and Ciuffo seems like a pretty strong one. While the Reds seem to have quite a few guys fighting for playing time at the position at the rookie levels, Ciuffo would fill an organizational need and provide good upside. Phillip Ervin is a guy that you can sit back and dream on for what kind of player he could become. He has plus speed on the defensive side of the ball, meaning he could stick in center field and he has good tools at the plate where he could hit for average and some power. Rob Kaminsky is someone that I would be surprised to see the Reds take, as they often lean towards more prototypical “pitchers body” type of guys who are a little bit taller (they didn’t draft anyone under 6′ 1″ as a pitcher until the 35th round in 2012). As a lefty he would be welcome to a system that doesn’t have many left handed starters and it sounds like he could be a quick mover for a high school pitcher. Still, it would be a surprise given the Reds track record of drafting shorter pitchers early on in the draft.