The 2016 Major League Baseball draft, Day Two, is about to kick off. Today will include Rounds 3-10 and will be updated throughout the day as the Cincinnati Reds make each pick with as much information as I’m able to track down. At this point in the draft, that should easily include stats (for college guys at least) and scouting reports on everyone. If you’re looking for all kinds of information on the draft, you can check out all of the draft coverage we’ve provided here.

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Cincinnati Reds Round 3: RHP Nick Hanson

Height: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 210 lbs. | Born: June 10, 1998 | B/T: R/R

The Reds went to Minnesota to draft Nick Hanson out of Prior Lake High School. He’s still a bit raw, coming out of a cold weather state. He’s sitting in the low 90’s with his fastball now and reaches back to top out at 96 MPH when he’s at his best. His best secondary offering is a power curveball that he throws in the 79-82 MPH range that can be a possible plus offering in the future. He also has a change up, but he rarely had to use it in high school and it’s a pitch that will need to be fine tuned as a professional. He’s got a big time power arm to work with and a starting pitchers frame that he could grow into even more in the future. He does have some questions about just how much control he has right now. Mechanically he’s a bit of a “short arm action” pitcher, but there don’t seem to be any issues that foretell future injury problems.

He’s similar, in a sense, to last years 2nd round pick Tony Santillan. Big, power arm with a power breaking ball and control questions coming out of high school. Santillan throws a little harder, but there are some similarities here. Taking a big time arm with room to possibly add more to the frame, which could add more velocity down the road? Sign me up as a fan of the pick.

Here’s what Frankie Piliere had to say on twitter at the time of the draft:

I’m unable to find more updated stats, but as of May 24th he had a 0.68 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 19 hits allowed in 30.2 innings pitched. Those were from the announcement where he was named the Minnesota High School Baseball Player of the Year. Given his limited action due to where he’s played, he may be a bit slower up the chain, particularly in the first two years of his career.

Cincinnati Reds Round 4: LHP Scott Moss

Height: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 220 lbs. | Born: October 6, 1994 | B/T: L/L

It’s been a tough go of things in college for left hander Scott Moss. He missed two seasons at Florida with Tommy John surgery. He only threw 22.2 total innings in college because of that, but he dominated when he was on the mound. He started five games and relieved in eight more. He posted a 1.59 ERA with nine walks and 31 strikeouts – outstanding numbers.

From a scouting perspective the left hander reaches 95 MPH, which is above-average to plus peak velocity. He generally sits in the low 90’s and has a nice biting slider. He also has a change up, but it’s a well below-average offering that needs a lot of work. He’s got a fresh, albeit surgically repaired arm. With his size he’s got a chance to start, but he could probably move quickly as a reliever if the Reds wanted to push that route.

In his best start of the year, in the SEC tournament, he dominated against LSU. He threw 6.0 shutout innings with just three hits allowed, no walks and he had seven strikeouts.

The Reds haven’t shied away from picks like this. In 2014 they took RHP Jose Lopez in the 6th round, who missed the entire year with Tommy John surgery. Like Lopez, he showed plenty of ability when healthy. Unlike Lopez though, Moss has been back on the mound since his injury so there’s a little less uncertainty. At the same time, Moss missed a significant amount of time coming back from his injury and had a much shorter track record. If he hadn’t gone under the knife, from a pure scouting perspective, he’s got an arm that would have had him drafted higher than he went here today.


2016 1.59 22.2 15 0 9 31 1.06

Cincinnati Reds Round 5: RHP Ryan Hendrix

Height: 6′ 3″ | Weight: 210 lbs. | Born: December 16, 1994 | B/T: R/R

Ryan Hendrix entered the year at Texas A&M looking like a top two rounder, but he had some inconsistencies throughout the year with his stuff. At his best he was sitting in the mid-to-upper 90’s and reportedly topped 100 MPH several different times. His curveball has plus ability, but he’s struggled to throw strikes with the pitch and it backed up some as the season went along. He also throws a change up at times, but it’s clearly a third offering for him.

Hendrix started six games in college, but spent the large majority of his time out of the bullpen, including all of 2016. His numbers, which are below, show some good things and some very poor things. He posted a 6.66 ERA in 24.1 innings as a junior, thanks in large part to his inability to throw strikes. He walked 20 batters and had 36 strikeouts for the Aggies.

There’s a ton of upside here, particularly as a reliever with a guy who at his best comes out and throws in the upper 90’s, touches 100+ and brings an absolute hammer curveball in the low-to-mid 80’s. There’s some risk here too as his stuff wasn’t always close to that in the spring and his control was poor at best throughout the season.

2014 7.27 8.2 8 2 6 9 1.62
2015 3.66 59.0 63 3 26 69 1.51
2016 6.66 24.1 20 3 20 36 1.64

Cincinnati Reds Round 6: RHP Tyler Mondile

Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 175 lbs. | Born: November 4, 1997 | B/T: L/R

Tyler Mondile would usually have been the top prospect in a state like New Jersey, but with Jason Groome out this year he didn’t have a chance. Of course he also went head-to-head against Groome this season for Gloucester Catholic High School and he took home the victory in front of 6,000 people (charity ticket function). He throws a nice moving fastball int he 90-92 MPH range that has touched 96 at times. He also mixes in a solid change up and a curveball that is a below-average offering, but will flash average in the mid-70’s that has 12-6 breaking action.

Cincinnati Reds Round 7: LHP Andy Cox

Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 185 lbs. | Born: October 23, 1993 | B/T: R/L

Andy Cox was selected out of Tennessee in 2015 by the Oakland Athletics in the 37th round, but chose to go back to school for his senior year. He’s spent most of his four seasons with the Volunteers as a reliever, but he’s started 6-8 games in each of his four seasons as well. His senior season was the worst of his career, posting a 6.72 ERA in 68.1 innings with 50 walks and 66 strikeouts.

Sticking with the statistics, his walk rate got worse every year at Tennessee, though it took a big step backwards from 2015 to 2016.

Looking at a scouting report we can see some good and some bad. At his best he is in the upper 80’s and touching 92 with his fastball and mixing in an average slider. That wasn’t seen much during 2016 though, as he was working more in the mid-to-upper 80’s most of the season and saw the slider be more inconsistent than it had been in the past.

As a senior he’s not likely to get much money to sign, so the organization will save plenty of cap money here. They will also be hoping that they can get more of the guy he was in his sophomore and junior year when he showed better and more consistent stuff than what he showed as a senior.

2013 5.29 47.2 53 6 20 31 1.53
2014 2.44 77.1 47 3 33 70 1.03
2015 3.36 67.0 59 4 35 63 1.40
2016 6.72 68.1 69 3 50 66 1.74

Cincinnati Reds Round 8: 2B John Sansone

Height: 5′ 11″ | Weight: 195 lbs. | Born: September 15, 1993 | B/T: R/R

The Florida State infielder is a college senior who made huge strides at the plate between his first three years, which were very unimpressive and his senior season. He hit between .221-.245 over his first three seasons without a lot of power and a high strikeout rate. In 2016 he hit .374/.459/.585 with a lot more power and he cut his strikeout rate in half from the previous three years of his career.

He struggled in the Cape Cod League in 2014 where he hit just .223/.302/.359. He did perform better in the Northwoods League the next summer, posting a line of .321/.401/.518 with much better plate discipline numbers and a lot more pop in his bat. He seemed to carry that into the 2016 season with the Seminoles. Baseball America had him ranked as the 69th best prospect in the state of Florida. As a senior he doesn’t have much leverage and should sign for well below the slot recommendation.

He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers out of high school in the 39th round of 2012.

2013 193 11 0 2 2 33 56 .233 .379 .321
2014 199 13 0 2 6 29 58 .221 .361 .317
2015 245 15 0 8 3 35 66 .245 .382 .404
2016 246 25 0 9 8 27 30 .374 .459 .585

Cincinnati Reds Round 9: RHP Alex Webb

Alex Webb is a senior out of the University of British Columbia. He was absolutely dominant in his final two seasons for the Thunderbirds, posting ERA’s of 2.15 and 1.38, with an incredible 0.68 WHIP his senior year. It did come at an NAIA school, so the competition level wasn’t the best, but he absolutely dominated the guys he went up against.

From a scouting perspective he’s got strong control, which we can see show up in the walk column. There’s limited information on him out there, but he’s a guy that throws in the 88-90 MPH range. He may start in the short term, but in the long run he is probably a guy that heads to the bullpen to see if his stuff will play up some and let the control do the work.

2013 6.30 30.0 42 2 15 18 1.90
2014 4.81 39.1 39 1 10 27 1.25
2015 2.15 88.0 69 1 22 97 1.03
2016 1.38 104.1 56 1 15 115 0.68


Cincinnati Reds Round 10: RHP Lucas Benenati

The Reds went with another senior (5th year) pick in round 10 by selecting right hander Lucas Benanati out of Kansas State. I hope he makes it to the big leagues just so we can have fun with Benenati and Cincinnati. They rhyme.

He’s been up to 93 MPH with his fastball but he has had erratic control at times. We can see that as he walked 14 batters in 28.1 innings this past season over 23 appearances (all in relief). That came along with a 3.81 ERA. That was a step back, at least statistically, from where he was the previous season where he had a 2.27 ERA with eight walks and 26 strikeouts in 31.2 innings. The two years prior to that he pitched for Santa Barbara City College, but missed the 2013 season after undergoing arm surgery. He’s been a reliever outside of his 2012 season at Santa Barbara City College.

2012 3.57 58.0 61 5 16 53
2014 6.75 13.1 18 1 5 16
2015 2.27 31.2 32 1 8 26
2016 3.81 28.1 30 1 14 21


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61 Responses

  1. The Duke

    I like we’re getting a HS pitcher with upside in Hanson. I’m a fan of the big bodied pitchers who are built like 200+IP work horses. #83 in the BA 500

    • Logan Boyle

      Reds certainly seem to be more in line with BA than I guess that’s probably the way you want it, though I use because it’s much more accessible

      • The Duke

        The price is right on I don’t trust Mayo at all, but I do like Callis.

  2. seat101

    The MLB scouting report on Hanson says “he is more physical than athletic”. What does that mean?

    • The Duke

      He’s not super athletic, but he is a big strong kid.

  3. MK

    They say he has never concentrated athletically on just baseball year round. As we have seen with Amir Garrett he might develop quickly with a more refined athletic approach.

  4. Brad

    I like the idea of a HSSP. Dont know enough to know if Hanson is right one. I liked idea of Mason Thompson and Jesus Luzardo. Have to trust the Redlegs Braintrust on this one.

    Also, with break between rounds, have to assume Hanson will sign for slot value while others may not have.

    • RobL

      Luzardo went down with TJ. I don’t think that is a road the Reds want to go down.

  5. The Duke

    Happy 18th birthday Nick Hanson, you’re a professional baseball player now.

  6. RobL

    Sounds a lot like Romano. The Reds don’t care about a change up when drafting. They believe they can develop that pitch. So when I see a scouting report that says a guy’s second best pitch is a change up, I pass on by.

    His scouting report also sounds a lot like the guys with big price tags, but we will get him for a third of the price.

  7. RobL

    I think Reds go college pitcher next…. maybe even a senior sign.

  8. Brad

    4th Round:

    HS RF Conner Capel
    Col RF Nick Banks

    Col SP Corbin Burnes
    Col SP Kyle Funkhouser

    HS RH Zach Linginfelter
    HS RH Skylar Szyski
    HS LH Ryan Rilison

    HS SS Luis Corbelo

  9. RobL

    Cardinals just took Gallen from UNC. They are really getting on my last nerve.

  10. The Duke

    A risk with Moss, but some upside there too. 6’5″ lefty up to 95

    • RobL

      Agreed. Seems like a lottery ticket. The talent is there. But no track record. Gotta believe he signs for slot.

    • MK

      Does not sound like Florida did anything to hurt his rehab using him sparingly this past season. Not always the approach many college coaches take. With all the lefties ahead of him in the Reds system there will not be the need to rush him. Might be perfect situation for his development. I like this pick.

      • RobL

        I agree with everything you said MK. Florida’s staff is so deep, they can almost lose guys in the shuffle. One reason why Puk had so many short outings. If it wasn’t his day, they would just yank him. Never really had to battle. Another reason I am glad we went with Senzel.

    • JBrashaber

      BA has a story and video about him from late May.. Video of him pitching against LSU where he had 7 SO 3 hits, and 0 walks. Probably the game where he just made a lot of money. Crazy how deep that Florida rotation could have been.

  11. RobL

    I liked the closer from Alabama, but he just got picked up. I feel like the next round will be either a high schooler or a senior sign. St. John’s closer could be nice.

  12. Tom

    I think that at this point in the draft, they’re all lottery tickets.

    • RobL

      Yes and no. Yes, anybody has the potential to be a good player. But lottery ticket would apply to Moss really well. He has everything you look for, but you haven’t seen enough to know if it is sustainable or a mirage. While a guy like Boomer White would not be described as a lottery ticket due to the fact that he doesn’t profile for power, but his best defensive positions all want power there. Of course, he could develop power and be able to stick at second base making him a really good player. So yes you are right, but the term is really meant for one type of profile.

  13. terry m

    Watched Moss and LSU game . He really looked good. Risk with TJ. Like the pick.

  14. RobL

    Reds go with a potential closer in Hendrix. Stock fell due to stuff backing up, but if he rebounds, he has dirty stuff.

  15. Logan Boyle

    “Potential closer” in the 5th round?? Sign me up

  16. Krozley

    Possible future closer in Hendrix if he can regain his stuff. Could move fast as well. If nothing else, could play lead guitar in the band. I like it.

  17. KyWilson1

    Kyle Cody out of UK on the radar at all? Big body, live arm, struggled with command this season. Preseason he was being thrown around as a late first rounder/sup pick.

  18. Brad

    Not baseball related, I scout a different sport, one year in our War Room at the end of a minor league draft, the main criteria to be selected was if a player had an access to a car.

    Not sure what that point is in MLB Draft…

    • Doug Gray

      Used to be the 46th round, but that round doesn’t exist any longer.

  19. JB

    The 5th round pick doesn’t make much sense to me. Even in his good year his WHIP was 1.51.

    • Doug Gray

      100+ MPH. Plus curveball. Makes tons of sense. When you’re in the 5th round, the odds are very, very, very good that the player will never get a cup of coffee.

      • Tom

        He fits the Reds perfectly — big arm, no idea where it’s going. Comp to Josh Roenicke?

      • JB

        What is the scope on HS players then would be my question. Anyway, best of luck to him and the Reds.

        Time for a top 12!


  20. RobL

    Love the Mondile pick. Probably an overslot pick that uses up the extra money. Also, another arm from up north.

  21. Seat101

    From the written description Tyler Mondile sounds like Pedro Borbon

  22. sultanofswaff

    Based on your guesstimations Doug— was there any money left in round 4-7 to go over slot to lure away a higher upside high schooler from college? Does such a player exist at this stage? Part of me thought that was the strategy going in based on the amount the Reds had to spend.

  23. L.A. Red

    Doug – Whats the deal with Drew Mendoza…why hasn’t anyone picked him yet (especially the Reds)? Is it all signability? How much could he be asking for if thats the case.


    • Doug Gray

      Absolutely asking for more money than anyone thinks he’s worth.

  24. Bill

    The Reds must have noticed Cox while they were scouting Senzel. Hopefully, they have a plan to help him regain his command and control.

  25. Cam

    If someone is going to (potentially) take Nick Hanson from UK, I’m glad it’s the Reds

  26. RobL

    You knew the senior sign was coming. If they can get him throwing strikes, they might have something.

  27. Daryl

    Me thinks its about time to get some more bats. The first 3 and then nothing but pitchers.

  28. Colt Holt

    Is it safe to expect Mendoza and Horn to be 2 of the first guys off the board in the 11th?

    • Doug Gray

      Possible, but you are still getting guys there who may be servicable. Not sure I’d waste a pick there on someone I couldn’t sign. So unless the Reds are taking two more seniors and know for a fact that they can sign one of those guys because of it, I wouldn’t do it.

  29. RobL

    My best guess is that the Reds will save about 650K with these senior signs, and I am including the 10th. That could lead to a couple more solid high school guys.

  30. James K

    Even if Webb faced low-level competition, a K to BB ratio of 115 to 15 is impressive.

  31. McLean

    Doug: I have not been overly impressed by this front office and its’ stale approach over the past five years…But this is shaping up as one of the best drafts the Reds have ever had. If they can add some young international players to this mix and a gamble or two in the later rounds pan out, this could be the year that helps turn this franchise back around. Very impressed with their draft to this point. Now, I hope they get to signing some of these kids…

  32. McLean

    I must admit, too, I have been a big fan of Stensel for a long time. Seen him on several occasions. The kid has a presence about him that makes you think that he is the real deal, both at the plate and the field. I would like to see the Reds place him aggressively in the system and move him quicker than they normally do. I think the kid can play.

    • McLean

      Senzel. I can’t type today and autocorrect isn’t much help…sorry

  33. James K

    Doug, many thanks for your impressive efforts in assembling all this info.

  34. Logan Boyle

    So obviously at least 90% of the reason the Reds drafted him was because he’s a senior, but what are the chances that Sansone truly figured something out and didn’t just have a fluky year?

    • Doug Gray

      I’m sure he figured something out, you don’t cut your strikeout rate in half and hit for more power on a fluke. But I’m not sure he’s going to be a prospecty dude either. We shall see, but no one really had reports on him and that’s usually not a good sign, especially when you play in a big time conference.

  35. cinvenfan

    An overall solid draft so far in a very unpredictable year. Well done.

    As some fellow poster said above, thanks a lot Doug for the great job you do on a daily basis over here.