The 2017 Major League Baseball Draft hasn’t even been over for 16 hours, but we are already getting an idea of some of the guys that plan to sign. We are also getting an idea of some of the guys who are saying that they won’t be signing. As signings come in I will be updating the Cincinnati Reds Draft Tracker (and it’s also linked at the top of every page in the navigation bar).

Reds draft picks expected to sign

Let me preface this by saying that there is no reason to believe that the players selected in the Top 10 rounds won’t sign. The Reds speak to these guys before they draft them, specifically guys in the top 10 rounds and have a good idea of what it’s going to take to sign them. If they didn’t believe they could get them signed, they wouldn’t have drafted them. However, for today, we’re going to look at the players who have stated publicly that they plan to sign.

Stuart Fairchild (2nd Round) is expected to sign. He told the Winston-Salem Journal that if negotiations proceed on course, he is preparing to begin his professional career.

Jacob Heatherly (3rd Round) is expected to sign. In an interview with the local Fox station he says he’s looking forward to getting out to Arizona and rookie ball.

Mac Sceroler (5th Round) is expected to sign. He told the Advocate that he plans to sign and forego his senior season.

Tyler Buffett (6th Round) is expected to sign. He spoke with the Stillwater News Press after the draft about his time in college and moving to professional baseball.

Packy Naughton (9th Round) is expected to sign. He told the Roanoke Times that he plans to skip his senior season and join the Reds organization.

Nate Scantlin (15th Round) has already agreed to sign. Speaking with he says the Reds offered him a 6-figure contract that included paying for schooling (this is standard for high school draft picks).

Ryan Nutof (16th Round) is expected to sign. He told the Chicago Tribune that he’s heading to Arizona for his physical.

Junior Harding (17th Round) is expected to sign. He told the Star Democrat that he’s going to sign and forego his scholarship to Missouri.

Reds draft picks not expected to sign

Garrett Schoenle (30th Round) is not expected to sign. He told The Journal Gazette that he plans to play at the University of Cincinnati.

Logan Chapman (36th Round) is not expected to sign according to his Twitter account.


11 Responses

  1. The Duke

    Good to hear we are getting Scantlin signed. One HS kid after rd 10 at least.

    • kevin z

      agree duke I joked about it lol guess was right and wrong? lol

  2. James K

    Quick signings make sense, given that Billings opens its season on Monday.

    • Doug Gray

      For sure. We usually see about 15 guys or so signed within a few days. Then things trickle in after that.

  3. CP

    What do you think the chances are we get Tommy Mace and/or Seth Lonsway to sign?

    I wouldn’t think super high, but if we got one of those two in addition to our top ten, we would have a really good draft this year I feel like….

    • Mac624

      I don’t think you draft anyone in the first 20 rounds that you don’t think you have a good shot at signing. Now of course some don’t sign, but I think that’s a pretty good rule of thumb. After 20 it’s a real crap shoot and by the 30s it’s pretty much just going through the motions sometimes.

      Picking those two, I think our admin think we have a very good chance of getting them. Will we? I sure hope so. Both would be excellent gets especially Mace.

    • mark l

      if greene is really close to slot, than I don’t see how we can get one of them unless I’m grossly overstating what their price tag is.

      • Doug Gray

        It really just depends on how much money you can save in rounds 6-10. If you can find $600,000 to spare in there, you might be able to make it work.

  4. Cam

    How long do you think it will be until Greene debuts in Billings?

    • Doug Gray

      I think he’ll start in Arizona to begin his career. Maybe Billings in the second half, around August?