The latest mock draft at Baseball America has the Cincinnati Reds going in a different direction than their earlier mock draft. In the latest update (subscription required) they have the Reds moving away from Texas Tech third baseman Josh Jung. They’ve got them moving away from the college group entirely. Instead they have the organization looking at the high school crop, and in particular right-handed pitcher Matt Allen out of Seminole High School in Sanford Florida.

Fangraphs currently has Matt Allen rated as the #18 overall prospect in the draft. Their quick write up notes that he was inconsistent throwing strikes during the summer showcases (last summer), but he’ll flash three plus pitches. MLB Pipeline has him in the same range, ranking him as the #17 prospect in the draft. They grade his fastball as a 65 pitch in the future, and also give him an above-average grade on his curveball. The change up did grade out as slightly below-average on their report. Here’s some video from last summer – and let me be sure to note that more recent reports have his velocity a bit higher than what is being referenced in this video:

Perfect Game has a more recent video up, from a different angle. This video was posted earlier this week.

There’s still a lot of time between now and the draft. There are some high schools that haven’t yet begun their seasons. Conference season in college will play a factor in the draft, too. Plenty of baseball is left to be played at this stage of the spring and a lot can change in the next two-and-a-half months before it’s draft day.

6 Responses

  1. Tom

    Strong offense draft makes this seem like an overthink.

    • Dollar Bill

      Why would the Reds take a guy ranked 17 or 18 th with the 7th pick of the draft ? I prefer college arms over HS kids as well .

  2. MK

    Had an opportunity to see Jung (pronounced Young) in a TV game a couple weeks ago versus U of Texas. Announcers talked about it being good he was back in line-up after injury but never said what the injury was. They spoke very high of him he didn’t show much special.

  3. MK

    Like many young guys it looks like Allen needs to work on repeating his delivery. The left lake is very inconsistent from step back beginning to stride length.