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This post will be updated throughout the day with information on each pick as they come in. All of the Cincinnati Reds selections from rounds 11-20 will be in this one post. There will be four posts today, each one with 10 selections. You can see each post, covering all of the picks in the draft by clicking here.

Round 21 Selection: Hunter Oliver, C, Cleveland State Community College

Background Information:

  • School: Cleveland State Community College (Tennessee)
  • Position: Catcher
  • Height: 6′ 1″
  • Weight: 225 lbs.
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right
  • Previously Drafted: Not drafted

Scouting Report

Not finding much scouting wise on Hunter Oliver. He has bulked up since high school, adding 25-ish pounds to his frame. The numbers from this season at Cleveland State are very strong. His power was very impressive this past season.

College Stats

Year AB 2B 3B HR BB K SB AVG OBP SLG
2018 182 14 2 16 26 24 6 .412 .477 .775

Round 22 Selection: Peter Serruto, C, Millburn High School (NJ)

Background Information:

  • School: Millburn High School (New Jersey)
  • Position: Catcher
  • Height: 6′ 0″
  • Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right
  • Previously Drafted: Not drafted

Scouting Report

Was ranked as the #5 prospect out of New Jersey this season by Baseball America. He shows off a big time arm behind the plate with plus arm strength. There’s also some athleticism behind the dish. Stands out defensively.

According to MaxPreps he hit .337/.421/.561 with 11 walks and 11 strikeouts on the season. He also had 4 home runs.

Round 23 Selection: A.J. Curtis, 1B, Ohlone College

Background Information:

  • School: Ohlone College
  • Position: First Base
  • Height: 6′ 0″
  • Weight: 205 lbs.
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right
  • Previously Drafted: Not drafted

Scouting Report/Info

He’s a Cal State Fullerton commit. He made strides in cutting down his strikeouts from his freshman to sophomore seasons.

College Stats

Year AB 2B 3B HR BB K SB AVG OBP SLG
2017 173 15 3 7 26 24 13 .358 .467 .601
2018 171 17 7 8 28 11 13 .421 .531 .743

Round 24 Selection: Connor Curlis, LHP, Ohio State

Background Information:

  • School: Ohio State
  • Position: Left-handed pitcher
  • Height: 6′ 1″
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Bats/Throws: Left/Left
  • Previously Drafted: Not drafted

Scouting Report

He throws in the 88-91 MPH range with his fastball. He mixes in a solid slider that is better out of the bullpen, where he’s spent some time while at Ohio State. The lefty made eight starts as a sophomore in 20 appearances, but moved to the rotation full time as a junior.

College Stats

Year Age ERA IP H HR BB K
2016 19 3.00 6.0 7 0 2 10
2017 20 4.02 62.2 57 6 19 58
2018 21 3.81 82.2 83 4 29 73

Round 25 Selection: Ricky Salinas, RHP, Rice

Background Information:

  • School: Rice (Texas)
  • Position: Right-handed pitcher
  • Height: 6′ 1″
  • Weight: 200 lbs.
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right
  • Previously Drafted: Not drafted

Scouting Report

He was announced as Ricky Salinas, but on the Rice website he’s referred to as Ricardo Salinas. He’s had trouble staying on the mound the last two seasons. In 2017 he pitched in just four games before missing the rest of the season. This spring he injured his hand and missed most of the season, too. He returned in late May.

College Stats

Year Age ERA IP H HR BB K
2015 19 4.65 40.2 41 3 12 22
2016 20 3.39 82.0 67 3 33 64
2017 21 5.60 17.2 21 1 10 15
2018 22 7.15 11.0 14 3 4 11

Round 26 Selection: Rylan Thomas, 1B, Central Florida

Background Information:

  • School: Central Florida
  • Position: First Base
  • Height: 6′ 0″
  • Weight: 225 lbs.
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right
  • Previously Drafted: 26th Round, 2016 (Mets)

Scouting Report

He spent part of the 2017 season on the mound with Central Florida, but he made his production on infield and in the batters box. Over the last two seasons he’s hit 27 home runs and 24 doubles, showing off very good pop in his bat. His plate discipline improved from 2017 to 2018 as his walk rate jumped significantly and his strikeout rate dipped. There’s a lot of swing-and-miss in his game, still. He’s a draft eligible sophomore, so he’s going to be a tough sign as he can return to school and be a junior next season.

College Stats

Year AB 2B 3B HR BB K SB AVG OBP SLG
2017 234 11 0 14 9 15 86 .303 .359 .530
2018 213 13 0 13 4 36 63 .343 .447 .587

Round 27 Selection: Eddy Demurias, RHP, South Carolina

Background Information:

  • School: South Carolina
  • Position: Right-handed pitcher
  • Height: 6′ 0″
  • Weight: 184 lbs.
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right
  • Previously Drafted: Not drafted

Scouting Report

Eddy Demurias has been moving around a lot. He began at Florida and pitched in 5 games as a freshman. He transferred to Miami Dade College as a sophomore, pitching in 17 games. This past season he transferred to South Carolina where he pitched in 27 games. He was ranked as the 30th best prospect in South Carolina by Baseball America. He throws in the low 90’s and will touch higher every so often. He throws a slider as a secondary pitch.

College Stats

Year School Age ERA IP H HR BB K
2016 Florida 19 13.5 3.0 4 0 4 2
2017 Miami Dade 20 1.86 48.0 38 1 17 47
2018 South Carolina 21 4.47 56.0 56 8 24 42

Round 28 Selection: Brandt Stallings, OF, Georgia College

Background Information:

  • School: Georgia College (Georgia)
  • Position: Outfield
  • Height: 6′ 4″
  • Weight: 215 lbs.
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right
  • Previously Drafted: Not drafted

Scouting Report

He was announced as an outfielder, but is currently listed as a first baseman on the draft tracker. He played at Georgia Tech in 2016 and 2017. There’s some power in his game. But, his approach at the plate is aggressive and can be seen in his low walk totals throughout his career. He won the high school national home run derby as a senior.

Here’s some video from 2017 with Georgia Tech.

College Stats

Year School AB 2B 3B HR BB K SB AVG OBP SLG
2016 Georgia Tech 144 9 2 7 14 41 4 .299 .360 .535
2017 Georgia Tech 97 5 0 6 4 28 0 .227 .265 .464
2018 Georgia College 138 19 0 7 10 24 5 .355 .408 .645

Round 29 Selection: John Schneider, RHP, Palm Beach Atlantic University

Background Information:

  • School: Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Position: Right-handed pitcher
  • Height: 6′ 5″
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right
  • Previously Drafted: Not draft

Scouting Report

He’s struggled with consistent control throughout his three stops in college.

College Stats

Year School Age ERA IP H HR BB K
2016 Polk State 19 3.80 23.2 21 0 13 23
2017 Palm Beach State 20 3.82 40.0 32 0 19 31
2018 Palm Beach Atlantic 21 6.07 43.0 33 6 31 50

Round 30 Selection: Jacob Wyrick, LHP, Middle Tennessee State

Background Information:

  • School: Middle Tennessee State University
  • Position: Left-handed pitcher
  • Height: 6′ 0″
  • Weight: 165 lbs.
  • Bats/Throws: Left/Left
  • Previously Drafted: Not drafted

Scouting Report

In looking at the stats there’s a few things that stick out. One, he can miss bats. Two, he can miss the strikezone. He walked 59 batters in 68.0 innings this past season. I haven’t tracked down any scouting info on him yet, but I will update this if I do.

College Stats

Year School Age ERA IP H HR BB K
2015 Cleveland State CC 19 4.08 70.2 57 5 46 76
2016 Middle Tennessee St. 20 5.43 56.0 49 2 37 51
2017 Middle Tennessee St. 21 6.79 63.2 74 6 38 67
2018 Middle Tennessee St. 22 3.56 68.0 54 3 59 82
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4 Responses

  1. AirborneJayJay

    Interesting strategies being employed by the top 5 selecting teams in regards to high schoolers.
    Through the first 25 rounds
    Detroit has taken 5.
    SF has taken 4.
    Philly has taken 7.
    Chicago WS have taken 4.
    Cincinnati has taken 8.
    Teams at different stages of rebuilds and reloads.

  2. Champ Summers

    Rylan Thomas will very likely return to school. Watched him a few times this season and he’s a fun player. Seemed to come through when we needed him. Doug’s right, big swing an miss. More than a strikeout per game. Also a blowout game pitching candidate.

  3. Matthew O'Neal

    Love to see what kind of stuff that Wyrick has, since he had a 7.8+ BB/9 and a respectable 3.56. That’s impressive to do, given his 1.66ish whip.