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).
Tim Anderson - SS – East Central Junior College
A premium athlete he has drawn comparisons to big leaguers Brandon Phillips and Orlando Hudson. He has plus speed and good range at shortstop, but some scouts wonder if his average arm will lead to him moving to second base or even center field. There seems to be a large gap in what some scouts see for his power output, with some thinking he will have below-average power where some think he can hit for average power. There have been concerns that he can’t hit a breaking ball as well, though most scouts think he will be an average hitter. He has been linked to the Reds.
Kyle Serrano – RHP – Farragut High School (Tennessee)
Kyle Serrano is considered a very tough sign as his father is the coach at Tennessee where he would go to play college ball if he doesn’t sign. While scouts don’t see much projection in Serrano, he is quite polished and is throwing his fastball at 91-94 MPH while mixing in average to above-average change ups and breaking balls. There aren’t many out there who believe Serrano is signable, so there will be plenty of risk associated with drafting him. He has been linked to the Reds.
Bobby Wahl – RHP – Mississippi
Wahl hasn’t seen his best stuff show up in 2013 thanks to a re-occurring blister problem. His fastball is down a little bit, sitting at 89-92 MPH (90-94 in the past). In the past he has also shown a plus slider, but it too isn’t quite as good as it has been in the past. He mixes in a change up that could be an average pitch in the future. A few scouts question whether he can start, but most believe he can remain a starter. Out of the bullpen though, he has pitched well in the past for Team USA. He has not been linked to the Reds.
Ryan Eades – Right Handed Pitcher – LSU
Eades has labrum surgery under his belt from high school that led to him missing his senior year. He has been healthy in three years of college though. His fastball is working in the 90-94 MPH range and can get good movement with the pitch. He will show solid-average curveballs and change ups as well. There are some that are concerned with his mechanics. He has not been linked with the Reds.
Oscar Mercado – Shortstop – Gaither High School (Florida)
Mercado arrived in the United States at age 8 after spending the first part of his life in his home country of Columbia. With no questions about his ability to stick at shortstop where his plus arm plays well, he stands out among the high school group at the position. With that said, there are some questions about his bat. He hit just .286 as a senior in high school and had just 5 extra-base hits in 23 games. Scouts don’t see much power potential with him. He is an average runner but uses his speed well both on the bases and in the field. He has not been linked with the Reds.
The two guys who stand out most to me from this group are Tim Anderson and Kyle Serrano. Anderson is the premium athlete that I would love to see wind up in the system. Serrano is a polished high school guy, but one who also has good stuff. Bobby Wahl would be a solid pick for the supplemental spot or second round. Ryan Eades past shoulder injury is always concerning and couple it with his so-so stats not quite matching the stuff leaves me wary. Oscar Mercado just doesn’t look the part for me. He can play defense, but his bat looks slow and that isn’t something you can teach.