Today will see rounds 3-10 of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft take place. This will be updated with information and picks throughout the day as they happen. If you are looking for information on all of the Reds picks, including those before and after this portion of the draft, you can click here and get all of that.

Cincinnati Reds 3rd Round Pick: LHP Jacob Heatherly

The Reds head back to the high school waters to pick up left handed pitcher Jacob Heatherly with the #77 overall pick.

Jacob Heatherly Scouting Report

There have been some mixed reports on Jacob Heatherly throughout the spring. When he’s at his best he’s reaching the mid-90’s with his fastball, though he pitches 89-92 with the pitch. He throws two versions of his curveball with one being a bigger, slower option and one being a shorter, tighter and harder pitch that at it’s best has flashed plus potential. While he has a change up, it’s not one he’s used much in high school. According to AL.com, quoting Jacob Heartherly himself, he’s been working on a cut-fastball since the season ended.

He’s already 19-years-old, one of the older high school players in the draft. He’s got good size, already 6′ 1″ and 215 lbs.

According to MaxPreps.com he posted a 1.11 ERA in 14 games during his senior season with 116 strikeouts and 39 walks in 69.2 innings. The walk rate is high, and control was a concern that some scouts noted during the year. He allowed 24 hits and no home runs. Fun draft note: Chris Buckley has only drafted two left handed pitchers inside the Top 100 of the draft since he took over as the Reds scouting director in 2006. Jacob Heatherly is the highest of the group, with Donnie Joseph being the only other lefty taken in the Top 100.

Frankie Piliere had this to say about Jacob Heatherly

Chris Buckley had this to say about Jacob Heatherly:

He’s a big, strong kid with an above-average fastball and really spins the breaking ball well. We think he has a chance to be a solid starting pitcher in the Major Leagues.

Cincinnati Reds 4th Round Pick: SS Cash Case

The Cincinnati Reds went back to the high school well once again, this time selecting shortstop Cash Case in the 4th round out of The First Academy in Orlando, Florida.

Cash Case Scouting Report

While he is listed as a shortstop, most evaluators believe he’ll slide over to second base in the future. While he does seem like he can play up the middle, even if it’s eventually at second base, it’s his bat that gets people talking.

He’s got a compact, quick swing from the left side and is known to barrel the ball frequently. There’s some pop in his bat with the potential for 15-20 home runs in the future if he fully develops. The chance to hit for a quality average is also there.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that he hit .451 (37 hits) with 17 extra-base hits on the season.

Frankie Piliere had this on Cash Case:

Chris Buckley had this to say about Cash Case:

We really like his bat. He’s best buddies with Jesse Winker down there. He’s kind of similar to Jesse. We think he can be a really good offensive player

Cincinnati Reds 5th Round Pick: RHP Mac Sceroler

The Cincinnati Reds take their first college pitcher of the draft with their 5th round selection of Mac Sceroler out of Southeastern Louisiana.

Here’s some video of the team highlights – Mac Sceroler is #12.

Mac Sceroler Scouting Report

Listed at 6′ 4″ and 205 lbs, Mac Sceroler has plenty of size to work with as a possible future starter. His fastball will work 91-93 MPH and will reach upwards of 95.  His change up is his best offering with some scouts grading it as a potential plus pitch, though it gets more above-average grades than anything else. He throws both a slider and a curveball, with the curveball possibly being an average offering in the future.

Here are his college stats

Year ERA IP H HR BB K
2015 2.45 29.1 17 1 5 26
2016 2.25 96.0 83 6 33 93
2017 3.81 101.2 84 11 34 110

Cincinnati Reds 6th Round Pick: RHP Tyler Buffett

This appears to be where the Reds will start to go heavy on college seniors, taking right handed pitchre Tyler Buffett out of Oklahoma State.

Here’s his entire start against Lamar on May 5th, 2017. The scouting report given by the announcers doesn’t match up with the independent reports, but hopefully the velocity is more accurate from them, as it is quite a bit higher than other reports. His line in the game: 6.1IP, 5H, 3ER, 3BB, 7K.

Tyler Buffett Scouting Report

After three strong seasons, ERA wise, Tyler Buffett saw his ERA balloon to 5.23 as a senior. He moved into the rotation this past year, making 15 starts after starting just eight the previous two years. He did make 10 starts as a freshman.

He’s listed at 6′ 1″ and 196 lbs. He struggled down the stretch for Oklahoma State. After April ended he saw his ERA jump to 6.40 while watching his walk rate jump up (though it was still a quality rate) and his strikeout rate fall off from 8.3 to 7.1 strikeouts-per-9-innings. He also allowed 46 hits in 25.1 innings in May/June after just 74 in 67.2 innings before May.

As a reliever he in the past he was more in the 88-92 MPH range, but as a starter in his senior year he worked in the upper 80’s with the pitch. He brings a solid curveball and a possibly average change up with his secondary offerings. He was drafted by the Astros in the 7th round last season, but didn’t sign. Fun fact: He’s the cousin of Warren Buffett. Yes, that Warren Buffett.

Here are his college stats:

Year ERA IP H HR BB K
2014 2.95 55.0 52 1 24 36
2015 3.65 44.1 56 1 7 32
2016 2.81 83.1 70 0 32 76
2017 5.23 93.0 120 6 22 82

Cincinnati Reds 7th Round Pick: C Mark Kolozsvary

The Cincinnati Reds grab their first catcher of the draft with Mark Kolozsvary out of Florida.

Mark Kolozsvary Scouting Report

Mark Kolozsvary only had 35 total at-bats in his freshman and sophomore seasons. After an injury took out the starter in the middle of 2017, Mark Kolozsvary stepped in and played in 44 games, hitting .274/.378/.442 with 17 walks and 29 strikeouts. Last summer he played well in the New York Collegiate Summer League, hitting .342/.462/.562 in 21 games.

He’s listed at 5′ 9″ and 190 lbs. He has a limited track record behind the plate in front of scouts given his playing time, but he was impressive defensively in the time he has had. He’s got an above-average to plus arm and he’s quite athletic behind the dish, showing off a good ability to block balls in the dirt.

Here are his college stats:

Year AB 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
2015 18 1 0 0 1 1 7 .278 .316 .333
2016 17 0 0 2 5 0 5 .235 .316 .588
2017 113 8 1 3 26 17 29 .274 .378 .442

Cincinnati Reds 8th Round Pick: RHP Connor Ryan

The Reds picked their first pure reliever of the draft when they took Connor Ryan out of the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Connor Ryan Scouting Report

The senior has played the last three years at Illinois-Chicago and pitched out of the bullpen in 22 games in 2017. He made eight starts the previous two seasons, but has never topped 30.0 innings in a season.

The 23-year-old posted a 3.10 ERA in 29.0 innings with just five walks and he struck out 30 batters. In each of his three seasons he’s lowered his walk rate and increased his strikeout rate. He played his freshman season at Prairie State College where he posted a 2.05 ERA in 57.0 innings with 69 strikeouts.

He’s an 88-91 MPH fastball guy who touches 93 MPH. He also throws a solid slider. His control is strong.

Here are his college stats at Illinois-Chicago

Year Age ERA IP H HR BB K
2015 21 4.94 27.1 32 1 14 20
2016 22 1.80 25.0 16 0 8 22
2017 23 3.10 29.0 26 2 5 30

Cincinnati Reds 9th Round Pick: LHP Packy Naughton

This is an interesting pick for the Cincinnati Reds. Packy Naughton is out of Virginia Tech where he split time starting and relieving.

Packy Naughton Scouting Report

Packy Naughton has some arm strength for a lefty, touching 95 at times and sitting in the low 90’s. His breaking ball and change up are both currently below-average offerings, but will show up as average ones at times.

The numbers aren’t great – he’s been hit around quite a bit. His ERA was over 6.00 in each of the last two seasons at Virginia Tech and he allowed 184 hits in 134.0 innings. His walk rate was also higher than you’d like, but his strikeout rate improved each year and was strong in 2017 as a junior.

There are some mechanical concerns that may be worked on as a professional to help clean up his delivery, which could improve his control as well. He was outstanding in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2016, posting a 1.69 ERA in seven starts with just 6 walks and 42 strikeouts in 42.2 innings pitched. With his background and three pitch arsenal, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Reds decided to give him a shot as a starter.

Here are his college stats at Virginia Tech:

Year ERA IP H HR BB K
2015 4.91 44.0 41 5 23 35
2016 6.75 76.0 105 8 34 74
2017 6.24 57.2 79 5 30 63

Here’s what Chris Buckley had to say about Packy Naughton:

He’s a left-handed pitcher with an above-average arm and they are just hard to find.

Cincinnati Reds 10th Round Pick: RHP Robby Howell

The Cincinnati Reds went back to senior picks and selected right handed pitcher Robby Howell out of the University of Central Florida in the 10th round.

Robby Howell Scouting Report

In the first two seasons at Central Florida, Robbie Howell struggled big time. He posted ERA’s of 5.79 and 5.69 in a combined 114.1 innings pitched. Things got much better the next two seasons. He dominated in 2016 as a junior, posting a 1.96 ERA in 101.0 innings. In 2017 his ERA was 3.50 as he went 10-1 in 16 starts and 103.0 innings pitched. He walked 42 batters and had 94 strikeouts. It was easily his best strikeout performance of his career, though his walk rate did jump up.

He’s got a heavy sinking fastball that works in the 88-90 MPH range that can touch 92 at times. He’ll also mix in a solid slider. He also has a change up.

Here are his college stats:

Year ERA IP H HR BB K
2014 5.79 32.2 40 1 11 19
2015 5.69 80.2 103 7 34 58
2016 1.96 101.0 74 2 35 65
2017 3.50 103.0 94 8 42 94

For information on all of the other Cincinnati Reds 2017 Major League Baseball Draft Picks, click here.

66 Responses

  1. kevin z

    like the pick here surprised went hs route again.. if smooth out his mechanics could be a nice pick up

  2. RobL

    While I thought they would go college arm to balance things out, there didn’t seem to be a lot to work with in this range. A solid looking lefty, who could complain?

  3. Krozley

    Good pick in Heatherly. He was considered a 1st round talent before his senior season but his results were disappointing, dropping him a bit. Might have to go over slot a bit since we would only have to commit to two years of college and he has the potential to increase his value with two strong years at Alabama.

  4. Smitty

    I was hoping Enlow was going to fall to us ( not knowing if Reds were going to draft him anyways) but it seemed like a drop off from him to Heatherly and rest of the pitchers. I agree he was the best upside prep pitcher available from what I see. I wouldn’t have mind taking another prep SS in Allen since I love a good under-dog (undersized) type player

  5. Brad

    Reds have to like how the board is falling. Lot of C and 1B coming off in first 3 rounds. College pitchers, specifically relievers such as Hock, Solomon, Montas de Oca and HS OF like Garrett Mitchell, Daniel Cabrera have dropped.

  6. Kyblu50

    I would to see where Tristan Lutz will be compared to Jeter Downs in 5 years.

  7. sultanofswaff

    Not much projection in his velocity and body type. Not necessarily a bad thing as it reduces the variables. The challenge simply will be to improve his offerings. Nice pick.

  8. Case

    Great pick with Cash Case. Hopefully he signs!! That would be a great get in the 4th round.

    • The Duke

      Odds are that if you are drafted in the first 10 rounds, it’s a near certainty they are signing. Unless a medical issue shows up.

  9. kevin z

    yea love the swing of cash hope signs like you said case..
    just me prolly but shocked taking so many HS players
    not complaining just different for the reds

    • The Duke

      It’s a new era under the Candlestick. Maybe they are trying to build a wave of talent that will be ready in 5-6 years when all the guys debuting 2016-208 start getting expensive.

      • kevin z

        that’s what looking like Duke love the approach..
        love the draft so far shocked all in one lol

  10. RobL

    Cash didn’t look like a SS in the little clip on MLB. Another guy with a strong lower half.

    • kevin z

      he is not ss mayo said he thinks end up on hot corner, may try 2nd base, if bats turns out wont matter

  11. The Duke

    Young promising arms and up the middle guys who are known for their bats. I’m happy.

    • DaveCT

      Classic Buckley! Scerolor adds some polish and solid stuff. 4th round college guy. Sweet!

  12. Mark

    I really think they are hitting HS players heavy instead of College because they are so stacked and backed up sort of at the A+, AA, AAA levels with tons of players that are so so not sure what to do with them yet if anything or you have some stud players not quite ready to go to the Bigs yet but getting really close. I may be completely wrong just my theory why so many HS players this year.

    • kevin z

      thinking picking HS players because they have higher upside
      with this suppose weak draft that best way to go to find stars or mlb type players

  13. Krozley

    Read some place where Case said he is comfortable at any position. If he continues to hit and can play a number of positions, possible Zobrist type player (a 6th round pick) if I were to dream.

      • The Duke

        Over on a proboards Reds message board I frequent, that’s what Williams first name language filters into.

  14. kevin z

    scholer sry spelling think could be nice BP arm could have a uptick on FB.. calis thinks could be a 4 starter

    • donny

      i didn’t like this pick, but who knows if the reds are trying to save some money here.

      • Kindell

        He got rocked in the cape last year. Who knows though, there seems to be some size and potential to work with.

  15. Arnold Ziffle

    Heatherly is a good pick. I keep seeing Heatherly listed at 6’3″, not 6’1″, which is even better. Here are a couple of answers he had in an interview with the Tigers blog Bless You Boys back in May. The two biggest nuggets are:

    When asked who he thought his game resembled: “I would say Clayton Kershaw. That’s always been the guy I’ve liked since I was little, and I see a lot of similarities between me and him.”
    That is bold and brash, but nice to hear.
    Then this one is interesting on asked who was the toughest hitter he has faced:
    “I’d say the toughest batter I had to pitch against was Heliot Ramos. He was in the Under Armour game and I would say he’s the toughest I’ve faced. If I had to say the best player, I’d say Hunter Greene. He’s just off the charts in every category of the game. I’d say the toughest hitter, though, was Heliot Ramos. ”

    Heatherly will now be teammates with Greene. And possibly the LH starting compliment to the RH Greene going forward.

    http://www.blessyouboys.com/2017/5/27/14019684/mlb-draft-2017-jacob-heatherly-interview

  16. The Duke

    SR sign in Buffett. Underwhelming numbers this year.

    • kevin z

      ok thanks duke they came back late so missed it

    • Kindell

      Must be thinking moving him back to the bullpen too. He was giving up an astounding 11.61 hits per 9 innings this year.

      • The Duke

        You’d think so. I imagine Greene, Sceroler, Moreta, and Wottell make up the bulk of the rotation.

  17. kevin z

    did we get Royce Montez? hoping got one on my list lol

  18. Krozley

    Starting the senior drafts a round early this year. Must think they have to save a bit more money for those early HS picks. Interestingly Buffett is Warren Buffett’s cousin, twice removed or something.

    • kevin z

      yea I agree think that the best bet.
      think save also for some later rd picks for some steals there

    • donny

      Maybe Warren Buffett can make a good donation to the reds for picking him, or maybe even buy about 10% ownership. lol

  19. RED THUNDER

    REDS HAVE HISTORY DRAFTING COLLEGE PLAYERS IN ROUNDS 5 – 10, SO THIS HOLDS WITH THAT PATTERN. MAYBE TO SAVE SOME MONEY! COLLEGE PLAYERS DON’T HAVE MUCH OF A CHOICE ESPECIALLY IF A SENIOR.

    • Doug Gray

      Hit the caps lock button, RT.

      But, college juniors have leverage. College seniors have none. I believe it was last year that saw less than 10 total non-college seniors selected in all of Rounds 7-10. This is where teams try to save big money in the draft. Getting these guys for $5000-20,000 bonuses can save a team $800-900,000, perhaps even a tad more depending on the exact deals they sign them with.

  20. Brad

    Like the first 6 rounds. Had some SRs and other players I preferred in round 7 over a backup catcher.

    Big fan of Tyler Buffett pick. Probably a 6th round talent as he was a 7th round pick last year. Save money, get talent.

  21. David Caruso

    You could say…….that #candlestick…..is on fire.

  22. Norwood Nate

    I’m very pleased and excited about this draft. A lot of potential and talent through the first 5 rounds. Looks like it’s shifted to trying to find some future relief help after that, which is always good to identify and develop from within.

    • kevin z

      agreed nate couldn’t have typed it any better..
      think could shift some money to later rds..
      that where get some steals also some upside as well

  23. kevin z

    nice get for 10th rd nice heavy sinker love that

    • Doug Gray

      Two picks in the entire draft last year in the first 10 rounds didn’t sign. Expect every single player to sign. Teams aren’t drafting guys in the Top 10 rounds that they aren’t 99.9% sure that they can sign. They talk to these kids before they draft them. They know what they want and how much it’s going to take to get them in the fold.

  24. Steve

    As expected, a lot of arms and seniors drafted. This is where the FO tries to save some $$$$. We did well in this phase of our draft last year as the relief staff in Dayton is composed of many of the players drafted on day two and beginning of day three in rounds 11-15.

  25. Kyblu50

    Seems like the worst draft ever after number 1. A lot of relievers and and shortstops and outfielders that strikeout a lot. We need a new head of scouting and drafting.

    • kevin z

      seems like a upside draft to me I like it.
      it is also a risky draft but all players are
      as they say we will all see 5-10 years down the road how it worked out

      • Doug Gray

        Let’s just remember: A good draft means you picked one starting pitcher or starting position player (and not a good one, mind you, but just an average one) and a reliever/bench player. You do that, it’s a good draft.

      • kevin z

        I know doug. I agree to a degree that’s what hope for..
        with having such a high pick, and high picks in all rounds
        you hope for a lil more than that

  26. Bill

    I think the Reds have had two great days! Great up the middle players on offense, solid to spectacular pitchers. Well done!

  27. rick in boise

    Best remaining? Still some decent college arms out there (Beck, de Oca, D Parkinson) & college OF (CF Jake Mangum, RF D Casey)

    Any HS or college jrs worth a run at? (Tristan Beck, Stanford RHP, e.g.,)

    • kevin z

      yea like to get de oca an Parkinson just to get the talent an also players from my list would be nice lol

      • kevin z

        kyle Jacobsen would also like to get hs cf
        Daniel Cabrera hs lhp
        gavin Williams HS RHP
        Seth lonsway HS lhp
        Je’Von Ward, LHH HS

  28. Ka

    Every draft in every sport involves risk. The trick is projecting how the talent may develop. I couldn’t begin to say how these guys will pan out but it’s clear the reds invested in guys that hit.

  29. CP

    How would you say this year’s draft is starting to stack up against last years?

    I’m sure most feel as good about Greene early on in comparison to Senzel (although time will tell), but how does it look like with the rest of the draft compared to last years?

      • CP

        Yeah I kinda wondered if that would be the case…

        Any early rumblings about how the Reds draft is stacking up compared to the rest of the league?

      • Kyblu50

        Number Two Pick Greene and Lutz at 33 would be close.

  30. kevin z

    I still think its close I don’t think downs getting the hype he deserves
    could be wrong but jeter got very high upside as well

  31. kevin z

    come on reds time to find a long Romano Amir even a Duvall or a schebler
    gem time

  32. J. Shim

    Disregard Baseball America, PG & Mayo; beholden to agents. Baseball Factory puts top players thru real-deal evals. Google player there to get true reports.