2018 Draft top prospect list; Update on Nick Senzel Doug Gray May 11, 2018 17 Comments Baseball America has been pumping out the draft related content with ferocity over the last, well, 30 years. But, over the last few weeks things have ramped up in coverage for the 2018 Major League Baseball draft. Earlier today they released the Top 500 Prospects for the draft. And that includes scouting reports on the Top 100 players on the list. There’s not a bunch of movement in the Top 10 on the updated rankings. The player the Reds have been linked to the most, Brady Singer, is sitting at #4 on the list. The Florida Gators right handed pitcher is one of two Gators in the Top 5, along with infielder Jonathan India. For Brady Singer, it’s been a bit of an up-and-down year. He entered the year as the top prospect in the country, but his velocity took a step backwards early in the season and he fell down some draft boards. The velocity has rebounded, though, and he’s found himself moving back up. He’s made 12 starts for the Gators this season and has a 2.33 ERA in 81.0 innings. He’s allowed just 51 hits and walked 17 batters to go along with 86 strikeouts. Update on Nick Senzel When the Cincinnati Reds named Nick Krall their new General Manager yesterday they held a conference call with the local media (your truly was not invited). During the call someone asked about Nick Senzel and Dick Williams, who is now simply the President of Baseball Operations, said this: We’re being very cautious with Nick. He’s had this before. We feel like we have got a good treatment plan in place. We believe it’s realistic to see him back on the field in fairly short order. He’s (been) treated and when symptom free, he’ll be cleared for activity. C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic also wrote about Nick Senzel today. He expands a little but on what Williams stated on the call and talked with Senzel’s agent, Scott Boras about the situation. 17 Responses Brock May 11, 2018 How would you compare the top 10 in this draft class to the past few years? I really don’t have a sense of the quality of players that will available to the Reds at #5. Bob Anderson May 11, 2018 It is not very good The Duke May 11, 2018 MLB Pipeline had a mock put out by Jim Callis too. He has us taking Singer, but mentions Joey Bart and Jonathan India as options. https://www.mlb.com/news/college-players-lead-in-mlb-mock-draft/c-276190214 I’ve been high on India, and I listened to the Prep Baseball Report draft ranking podcast which they included their college guy in that as well. They have India as a top 5 guy now as well. One thing I noted was the college guy (can’t remember his name) said he got a 3.84 time to first on India earlier this year. That’s from the right hand side too as India hits RH. With that kind of speed, why not try him at SS? His glove work has been good at 3B and he has filled in at SS for Florida this year. 15 HR, more BB than K, hitting nearly .400 against some of the best competition in the country in the SEC. The annual tradition of the college players moving up to the top of the draft is happening yet again. Unless a prep player has extremely loud tools, they always seem to get behind the college performers with tools. Bob Anderson May 11, 2018 Singer’s delivery is atrocious. A HS bat is probably the best way to go, the college players look like ugly fat daughters. kevinz May 13, 2018 Swaggerty India or Connor scott would make me happy if draft either one Bob Anderson May 11, 2018 Sounds like almost sinus allergy related with Senzel. Big start for Stephenson tonight and Homer tomorrow. If Bobby pitches with some focus again tonight and Homer is simply physically unable to get his stuff back to where it can be useful on a major league staff, I smell a DFA coming. Krall has trade powers now and he/Williams are making long run decisions. I think Garrett is permanently in the pen and Finnegan is probably moving there. Hopefully the Reds by the end of the season know who they want to go to war with and who they want to bring in the winter to fill in the rest of the holes so they can win in 2019. The plan has always been the plan. The Duke May 11, 2018 3 of 5 future spots look like they will be held down by Castillo, Mahle, and Romano. Tony Santillan could be ready and up by 2020. They need to find one more spot for the long term. I’d love to see Stephenson put it together, but I don’t know if he has the mental toughness for it. His stuff is as good as anyone else in the system though, I’d hate to give up on him and see him flourish elsewhere. I fear you are right about Garrett, but Garrett and Finnegan might make a nice pair of lefties for the bullpen. Not a chance in Hades that Bailey gets DFA’d. Odds are still against him he stays healthy though. HavaKlu May 11, 2018 I think Finnegan is destined for the pen and feel Peralta is not one to dismiss due to his great stuff. Why should Garrett be relegated permanently to the pen? Should be afforded every opportunity to be a starter. Reed is more apt to be a future pen guy. Alex May 11, 2018 Our bullpen has Been very solid this year and we still have guys like Weiss, herget, and Rainey in AAA and lorenzen on the DL. All are guys that we feel should help this team in the future. With a decent amount of bullpen depth already I’d rather not push the others to the pen. I’d give Stephenson, reed, Finnegan, Garret all the time they need to try and figure out how to be a starter. For this year at least. icehole3 May 12, 2018 Fay said Desclafani and Lorenzen are ready for rehab assignments and Lorenzen shouldn’t take much time at all. Hoosierbadger May 11, 2018 Garrett should be given another chance to stick in the rotation. Reed is the guy I would relegate to the pen if you need another lefty reliever. Greenfield Red May 12, 2018 What has not be mentioned, and I think the only plausible reason for pushing Garrett to the pen when he is pitching very well and so many others aren’t… or weren’t, is that the Reds could be planning to move Iglesias in July and they are grooming Garrett to fill his role. Herzog May 14, 2018 What’s up with Nander de Sedas? He was the guy I wanted early in the draft process, but I really haven’t been able to find much on him. Doug Gray May 14, 2018 He’s had a poor spring and doesn’t look like a shortstop. He’s been dropping all year. MLB Pipeline has him as the #52 prospect in the draft right now. Herzog May 16, 2018 Oh wow. Thanks. Jay May 18, 2018 Doug, what are your thoughts on Liberatore? Doug Gray May 18, 2018 Check back this afternoon. Article already written and coming soon.