Cincinnati Reds 2019 MLB Draft: Rounds 31-40 Doug Gray June 5, 2019 14 Comments Today will be rounds 11-40 of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft. This post will contain all of the information for each one of the Cincinnati Reds selections from rounds 31-40 of the draft. It will be updated throughout the day as each pick comes in. Things get underway at 12pm ET. Each 10-round segment will have it’s own post. This is also where I remind you that you can help support all of the work done here through Patreon. Running this website is a full time job, and one that doesn’t have an off day for 9 months out of the year. For as low as $1 a month you can get in on some cool perks throughout the year, including daily run downs and notes on the games and performances during the season. For more information, give this link a click and help keep us going. Quick hit links and information: Baseball America’s Top 500 (subscription required) MLB Pipeline Top 200 Fangraphs Top 442 While there is slot money tied to picks in the Top 10 rounds, there isn’t in the day three picks for rounds 11-40. Sort of. Picks in this range can be signed up to $125,000 without it counting towards the bonus pool. However, anything spent on a pick taken in rounds 11-40 over that $125,000 amount does count towards the draft pool. For all of the scouting reports for the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft, click here. You can follow along with the conference call at MLB.com. You can also follow along with the MLB Draft Tracker right here. Cincinnati Reds Round 31 Selection: C Justin Gomez Background information: School: Azusa Pacific University Position: Catcher Height: 5′ 10″ Weight: 195 lbs. Bats/Throws: Left/Right Justin Gomez Scouting Report The catcher threw out 35% of attempted base stealers in his career at Azusa Pacific in his four years. But those numbers were heavily weighted towards his first two seasons when he threw out 28 of 60. As a junior and senior he threw out just 15 of 64. At the plate he improved his power each year. He showed a solid controlling of the strikezone in his career, walking more than he struck out for his time in college. College Stats Year School AB 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB AVG OBP SLG 2016 Azusa Pacific 158 9 1 6 24 16 20 1 .285 .352 .468 2017 Azusa Pacific 169 10 0 7 35 29 25 0 .314 .429 .497 2018 Azusa Pacific 177 13 1 8 42 41 25 1 .339 .471 .559 2019 Azusa Pacific 190 12 0 9 38 26 30 2 .358 .454 .563 Cincinnati Reds Round 32 Selection: RHP Danny Serreino Background information: School: Rowan University Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6′ 3″ Weight: 225 lbs. Bats/Throws: Right/Right Danny Serreino Scouting Report His fastball has touched 97 MPH, but he is more of a low-to-mid 90’s guy. He also shows a breaking ball (see video below). Consistency with throwing strikes has been a bit of an issue. College Stats Year Team W L ERA IP H HR BB K WHIP 2016 Brookdale CC 5 2 3.27 55.0 46 2 18 87 1.16 2017 Rowan 2 0 3.60 25.0 11 3 15 33 1.04 2018 Rowan 7 2 1.25 79.0 34 0 32 89 0.84 2019 Rowan 5 4 2.23 68.2 43 1 33 113 1.11 Cincinnati Reds Round 33 Selection: LHP Trey Clarkson Background information: School: Mesquite High School (AZ) Position: Left-handed Pitcher Height: 6′ 4″ Weight: 205 lbs. Bats/Throws: Left/Left Trey Clarkson Scouting Report He currently throws in mid-80’s with his fastball, though there’s projection and plenty of it for him to gain velocity. He also throws a curveball in the low-to-mid 70’s. Cincinnati Reds Round 34 Selection: OF Jason Hodges Background information: School: Marist High School (IL) Position: Outfield Height: 6′ 3″ Weight: 215 lbs. Bats/Throws: Right/Right Jason Hodges Scouting Report Ranked as the 235th best prospect in the draft by Baseball America, Jason Hodges selling tool is his big time power, which grades out as plus-plus raw power. At 6′ 3″ and 215 lbs. the right-handed hitter is a physical specimen already and he could get bigger and stronger. There are some concerns about how much he’ll hit, though, as he’s struggled at times to handle solid pitching in high school. He profiles more as a left fielder, though right field is a possibility for a team that doesn’t require big time arm strength at the spot. Cincinnati Reds Round 35 Selection: RHP Tanner Cooper Background information: School: Finger Lakes Community College Position: Right-handed Pitcher Height: 6′ 3″ Weight: 215 lbs. Bats/Throws: Right/Right Tanner Cooper Scouting Report He’s a 4-pitch guy who throws a fastball, slider, curveball, and a change up. His fastball has been up to 91 MPH, but sits in the upper 80’s with his fastball. He also played in the field where he hit .411/.521/.714 while doing, what I imagine, his best Steve Nebraska impersonation. He transferred to Finger Lakes from Stony Brook, where he played in the field in very limited action in 2018. He got just 12 at-bats and never took the mound. College Stats Year Team W L ERA IP H HR BB K WHIP 2019 Finger Lakes CC 8 4 1.62 72.1 45 0 19 136 0.88 Cincinnati Reds Round 36 Selection: RHP Alexander Johnson Background information: School: McKinley High School (NY) Position: Right-handed Pitcher Height: 6′ 6″ Weight: 220 lbs. Bats/Throws: Right/Right Scouting Report The big right-handed pitcher throws in the 88-90 range, but has reached as high as 92 MPH. And with his size, there’s more in the tank down the road. His change up works in the low 80’s and he’ll also mix in a slider in the upper 70’s. Cincinnati Reds Round 37 Selection: 2B Caleb Van Blake Background information: School: UC Davis Position: Second Baseman Height: 6′ 0″ Weight: 195 lbs. Bats/Throws: Left/Right Caleb Van Blake Scouting Report He’s struggled to hit for average or power while at UC Davis. What he does do well is put the bat on the ball. He struck out just 18 times last season, and 22 times the season before. College Stats Year School AB 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB AVG OBP SLG 2016 UC Davis 61 5 1 0 9 2 7 1 .213 .258 .328 2017 UC Davis 120 5 1 3 16 6 15 5 .258 .300 .392 2018 UC Davis 201 12 0 5 32 17 22 2 .264 .333 .398 2019 UC Davis 176 7 0 4 21 13 18 5 .256 .325 .364 Cincinnati Reds Round 38 Selection: C Maxwell Romero Background information: School: Pembroke Pines Charter High School (FL) Position: Catcher Height: 6′ 1″ Weight: 195 lbs. Bats/Throws: Left/Right Maxwell Romero Scouting Report At the plate, Maxwell Romero shows off good power potential with some rating it as above-average. There are some questions about how much he will hit as he struggled at times with quality stuff in high school this spring. Behind the plate the catcher shows above-average pop times, having been timed below 2.0 seconds to second base over the summer. Those times could improve as he works on his mechanics. A Vanderbilt commit who was rated much higher than he was selected, this feels like an incredibly tough sign. Cincinnati Reds Round 39 Selection: OF A.J. Bumpass Background information: School: Cincinnati Position: Outfield Height: 6′ 3″ Weight: 195 lbs. Bats/Throws: Left/Right AJ Bumpass Scouting Report This is not the first time that the Cincinnati Reds have selected A.J. Bumpass. As a red-shirt sophomore the Reds selected him in the 29th round. He chose to go back to school and went undrafted in 2018. The 4-year starter has played full time for the Bearcats over the last three seasons. The 23-year-old has good speed and can use it well to play center field. One of the older players that will be drafted, he’s struggled to repeat his 2017 campaign – the best of his career. He’s a strong athlete, but his plate approach/pitch recognition haven’t let him use his hitting tools to their potential. College Stats Year School AB 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB AVG OBP SLG 2016 Cincinnati 87 2 2 2 10 9 29 6 .172 .258 .310 2017 Cincinnati 216 15 4 7 40 33 48 5 .287 .384 .491 2018 Cincinnati 181 9 4 6 27 28 55 5 .249 .371 .442 2019 Cincinnati 197 12 5 5 36 21 47 6 .269 .345 .457 Cincinnati Reds Round 40 Selection: C Matt McCormick Background information: School: St. Laurence High School (IL) Position: Catcher Height: 6′ 0″ Weight: 205 lbs. Bats/Throws: Left/Right Matt McCormick Scouting Report The bat is the selling point on Matt McCormick, who is a West Virginia commit. He’s a strong kid who has the potential to hit for both solid average and power. Defensively there’s a lot of work to do if he’s going to remain at catcher. Most believe that he ultimately winds up at first base. Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditPocket 14 Responses Hanawi June 5, 2019 How many of the guys picked after 20 are usually expected to sign? Half? A quarter? Doug Gray June 5, 2019 The top 10 rounds will sign, almost guaranteed. I’d expect about 15-20 of the guys in the 11-40 range to sign. James K June 5, 2019 Last year the Reds signed all 10 of the first 10 draftees, 5 of the next 10, and 13 of the last 20. Hanawi June 5, 2019 Thanks for that info! Chi Reds Fan June 5, 2019 you made it Mr. Gray I know these are always long days for you! Doug Gray June 5, 2019 This year things were hectic, but “easier” than it seems it’s been in the last few years. Chi Reds Fan June 5, 2019 Experience tends to make things a bit easier…one of the only benefits of age. Hanawi June 5, 2019 Guess the Reds aren’t happy about the status of their catching situation in the minors. The Duke June 6, 2019 Odds are we don’t sign any of the 4 HS catchers, but even then there are still 4 college catchers they chose. Only 1 senior so I suppose it’s possible that 1 or 2 could go back to college, but I doubt it. I imagine we will see Yang in Billings. Gregteb June 5, 2019 AJ Bumpass carried UC through the AAC tourney and the first game of the NCAA. Looked awesome even against Oregon State Bill June 5, 2019 Doug, you do an amazing job with the draft! Thank you! Doug Gray June 6, 2019 Thanks Bill. It was laborious today – though honestly not as bad as I remember past Day 3’s being. I think that part of that is experience, as Chi Reds Fan noted. But I think another part of it was that even the super small schools have stats available today that didn’t a few years ago, and the coverage in general is a bit better now than it’s ever been so it’s easier to find at least a little something on guys helps. Jeff S June 6, 2019 Thanks for the Steve Nebraska reference! That made me smile. :) Martino Amello June 6, 2019 ‘Get old or die’ is my motto Doug. It says nothing about how easy it gets (or doesn’t get) though. There are no other options in life. Thanks for everything. I enjoy reading. I really hope Bumpass hits it big if for no other reason than that last name. Bumpass is a major league name just made for spell checkers to screw up.