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 Dozier – Shortstop – Stephen F. Austin State
While Dozier can probably play shortstop in the minor leagues for a while, nearly everyone thinks he will wind up at third base at the Major League level where his above-average arm will play well. He projects to have average Major League power and hit for a solid average. He is a below-average runner. He has not been linked to the Reds.
Cord Sandberg – Outfield – Manatee High School (Florida)
Sandberg has a football scholarship to Mississippi State, but scouts believe he is signable and wants to play baseball. Cord Sandberg is a five tool guy with power being his best tool. He is an average runner who has a chance to play outfield if he can improve his routes and reads, but likely profiles best in a corner outfield spot. He has been linked to the Reds.
Aaron Blair – Right Handed Pitcher – Marshall
Blair has a fastball in the 89-95 MPH range with good sink to it. He has an average to above-average change up, though he doesn’t use it often. He throws both a slider and a curveball that both are below-average now but have a chance to be average pitches. He has not been linked to the Reds.
Alex Balog – Right Handed Pitcher – San Francisco
Balog is a big right hander at 6′ 5″ and 225 lbs. He has an above-average fastball that sits 91-95 with good sink. He throws both a slider and a curveball, but the slider shows more potential. He doesn’t use his change up much but could be an average pitch one day. He has not been linked to the Reds.
Alex Gonzalez – Right Handed Pitcher – Oral Roberts
Gonzalez throws his fastball in the low 90′s with good sink to it. He mixes in a plus slider in the mid to upper 80′s. His third pitch is a change up that he doesn’t use often but is a pitch that could become an average offering. Most scouts believe he can start, but some believe he will wind up in the bullpen. He has not been linked to the Reds.