Last night I joined Chad Dotson on Redleg Nation Radio to talk about the Cincinnati Reds draft. We spent nearly an hour talking about Hunter Greene, Jeter Downs, Stuart Fairchild and a handful of other names that the Reds took in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft. Go give it a listen. Download it for later. Subscribe to the Redleg Nation Radio podcast for all kinds of Reds talk. Do all of the things.

Speaking of the draft, Keith Law of ESPN unveiled his draft recap for the National League today for ESPN Insiders. Here’s the first line from the writeup:

This was an important draft for the Reds, and I think they hit it out of the park.

He seems very high on the Reds first two picks and had some good things to say about the next four guys they took as well.

Luis Castillo & Shed Long make the Hot Sheet

Cincinnati Reds prospects Luis Castillo and Shed Long show up on the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet this week for their performances. Castillo shows up at #4 on the list for his 13 strikeout, 1-walk performance in eight shutout innings this week for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. The start lowered his ERA to 2.68 on the year in 74.0 innings. That comes along with 12 walks and 76 strikeouts.

Shed Long checks in at #15 on the list after hitting .412 on the week with a .706 slugging percentage. It was a short week as the Daytona Tortugas kept getting rained out. For the year, Long is now hitting .316/.378/.543 with 15 doubles, a triple and 12 home runs – ranking among the league leaders in more than a few offensive categories.

Draft Signings are coming soon

Players began arriving in Arizona today for their physicals after the draft. We should start seeing guys being officially signed soon and some guys have already taken to social media to post photos of their Reds jerseys in the locker room in Arizona. The Billings Mustangs season begins on Monday, so there’s no waiting around to get some of these guys signed and into the fold. The Arizona Rookie League also begins next week, with games scheduled to begin on Saturday.

21 Responses

    • Norwood Nate

      A lot of positives. Nice comments on Long, Trammell, and Mahle. The comments on Mahle were especially interesting.

      • Doug Gray

        More interesting stuff on Mahle. Going to have to talk to some people more in depth on that front.

      • citizen54

        Ya especially JJ saying the Mahle’s stuff is front end material.

  1. Rich

    Listening to it now!

    Tell Chad, that I am disappointed that we didn’t draft either Nick Raquet, Cullen Large, or Nick Brown from “The College of Knowledge”/The College of William & Mary Est. 1693. You know – that college where Jefferson matriculated from before he founded UVA. Ok, maybe UVA might be a bit better than us in baseball? All kidding aside, UVA is an outstanding institution of higher education with a pretty darn good baseball program too!

      • mark l

        I’m not really. I just wasn’t expecting him to be overslot, certainly not that much. I was also hoping we get an extra higher rated player from after round 10, and this made it less likely.

      • Doug Gray

        Yeah, this signing certainly cuts into the chances of getting someone after Round 10 to a big time over slot deal.

  2. Steve

    Finnegan 4 IP, 1H, 4K, 54 pitches, 38 strikes. Looks like he needs 2 more rehab starts before joining the Reds. Thought he’d be up to 65-70 pitches in tonight’s game. Hope he’s with the Reds in late June/early July.

  3. terry m

    Doug
    The 16 year old Santana on the DSL Reds got three doubles today and still hitting over 400. Another player 17 year old Finol is also hitting very well with 3 hits today.

    • Doug Gray

      Yeah, he’s out to an incredible start. The only other time I remember a guy starting out this well was Ronald Torreyes back in 2010. Granted, he never stopped all season. He hit .390/.468/.606 for the Venezuelan Summer League Reds in 67 games before heading to the AZL Reds and hitting .349/.379/.494 in 18 games before getting a week to end his season with Dayton that year. All at age 17.

      Santana is only 12 games in, but he’s also sitting on 9 extra base hits and hitting .432….. I’d be very surprised if he got promoted at all this year given his age, but man, it’s nice to see him just tearing the absolute cover off of the ball.

      • Doug Gray

        Absolutely not. The odds are only slightly better than the chances that at the same time next year I’m married to Anna Kendrick.

        I’d be shocked if he makes it to the AZL this season. The Reds have only had one 16-year-old play stateside in as long as I’ve been doing this and it was Yorman Rodriguez.

      • Asinghoff

        Let me know where you and Anna get registered at, Doug!

  4. Fainsniners&reds

    I’ve read doug’s page for yrs but I finally decided to sign up and show alil support for the site I like to drink my first cup of coffee to in the mornings.anyway I jus wanted to say I feel Reds have had a great draft th past 3yrs. They are executing their draft strategy really well and it’s starting to show they have really stocked up their lower minor league teams. I think taking downs at 32 instead of lutz n still come back at 38 and still get a high upside OF in Fairchild is good example of th plan they have going into the draft cuz don’t think downs would still been there at 38. But who knows lutz could end better than both combined.but that’s why they say you have to play the game before you announce the winner

    • Doug Gray

      Thank you. I can’t say it enough how much I do appreciate anything that readers contribute back to the site.