Cincinnati Reds 2018 Draft: Rounds 21-30 Doug Gray June 6, 2018 4 Comments This post is sponsored by Cincy Fitted. They are having a sale of a few Cincinnati and Ohio related shirts right now if that’s the sort of thing that you are into. Right now you can get this shirt for just $13. So click the link above, or the photo and check them out. I will also take this time to remind you that you can also support the work done here at the site by contributing over at Patreon. That support, far more than the advertising on the site, keeps things going. With your support you will get daily emails about the games from the night before along with plenty of notes on the players, and some early access stuff that eventually finds its way to the site a few days later. Thanks for allowing the sales pitch – the draft is the busiest day(s) of the year and I’d be foolish to not take advantage of asking when the most eyeballs are here. 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 4 Responses Chi Reds Fan June 6, 2018 had same reaction when I saw Ohlone but by gosh it exists, located in the East Bay outside of San Francisco, a community college, there are many in Nor Cal https://www.ohlone.edu/ AirborneJayJay June 6, 2018 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. Champ Summers June 6, 2018 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. Matthew O'Neal June 6, 2018 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.