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).
Hunter Green – Left Handed Pitcher – Warren East High School (Kentucky)
The left handed pitcher has picked up as the season has gone along, going from upper 80′s to now throwing in the low 90′s and topping out at 95. He has a lower arm slot that gives his fastball movement across the zone. Green has a nice curveball and a change up with nice tumble on it when he throws it properly. Scouts think there is still some projection left with him as well, leaving a lot of upside with Green. He has not been linked to the Reds.
Matt Krook – Left Handed Pitcher – St. Ignatius High School (California)
Krook has been a quick riser this spring despite inconsistency. He has reached 94 with his fastball and scouts believe there is room for growth in there. He has both a curveball and a change up that he throws, but both are below-average and inconsistent at this point. He has struggled at times to maintain his low 90′s velocity as games go along. Some scouts are concerned about his mechanics. He has not been linked to the Reds.
Connor Jones – Right Handed Pitcher – Great Bridge High School (Virginia)
Jones works in the low 90′s with a sinking fastball and can hit 93. The righty had a slider that is inconsistent but can show itself as an above-average to plus pitch at times. His change up is also a solid pitch, but one that is also inconsistent. He is considered to be a tough sign. He has not been linked to the Reds.
Three high school pitchers today. Hunter Green jumps out to me from this group as the guy most likely to go in the first round. The other two guys seem more like supplemental or second round type of guys to me. Jones would be a good target with the supplemental pick and doesn’t seem like a bad pick in the first round, but there could be more upside to be had at that spot as well. Krook, as a tough sign, seems like an easy “pass” though.