The Cincinnati Reds reportedly had an agreement in place with Nick Lodolo the night that he was selected 7th overall in the 1st round of the Major League Baseball draft. Today that agreement became official as the team and Lodolo signed the contract, according to Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline. And he got the full slot value of his spot in the draft.


This is one of the quicker 1st round signings in recent memory for the Reds. Last season Jonathan India didn’t sign until July 3rd, just a few days before the signing deadline. Not that there was ever any concern that he wouldn’t sign. The year before the Reds signed Hunter Greene with about a minute to spare, and no, that’s not an exaggeration. Nick Senzel was a quick signing, inking his contract within the first week of the draft taking place.

There’s no word yet on where Nick Lodolo will begin his career. With as advanced as he is, Dayton or Daytona wouldn’t be surprising. With that said, the Reds have been willing to send a guy to Greeneville (Jonathan India) or Billings (Nick Senzel) out of the gate to give an affiliate something to hang their hat on, sell some tickets, and future merchandise with and that wouldn’t be surprising to see, either. But much like those examples, if Lodolo does go to rookie ball, expect the stay to be short.

Here’s the scouting report on Nick Lodolo from draft day:

The 6’ 6″ and 205-pound left-handed pitcher from TCU is having a dominant junior season. He was a 1st round pick back in 2016 out of high school, going 41st overall to the Pirates, but would go unsigned and head to college. After having solid, but unspectacular results in his first two seasons as a starter, 2019 has seen him break out in a big way. He’s made 15 starts and posted a 2.48 ERA in 98.0 innings with 21 walks and 125 strikeouts for the Horned Frogs.

The big lefty throws his fastball in the low-to-mid 90’s and he does so on a downhill plane thanks to his height and arm angle. He’s scrapped a curveball in favor of a slider that has flashed itself as a well above-average pitch in the low 80’s. His change up will also flash itself as an above-average pitch.

The consistency with his secondary offerings have been the difference maker in 2019. He’s set himself apart from the rest of the college pitchers and was the top arm on the board.

To see how his signing bonus, and the bonus of others comes into play with the Cincinnati Reds draft pool, and potential penalties, check out The Cincinnati Reds 2019 Draft Tracker.

14 Responses

  1. Kevin Davis


    Given that he threw 98 innings, how many starts do you think he will get max ? 5 of 5 innings or less ?

    • Doug Gray

      Tough to say, honestly. I wouldn’t be surprised if you were pretty accurate on that guess there. But, we also don’t have a track record at all with how the new regime handles things like this.

    • Wes

      There’s a lot of baseball left and college starts early. Want him to fast track to majors ? Let’s see him pitch closer to 50 than 25 innings.

      My guess is he’s opening day starter for Billings

  2. Hunt4redsoct

    With the under slot signings and the 5% cushion by my math they are good, of course my math was over 30years ago and I am not using “new math”

  3. Big Ed

    I had figured that the Reds sent Senzel and India to Rookie ball, because neither had played in a live game in a few weeks, and needed a few easy ABs.

    I don’t know Lodolo’s recent schedule, but I would guess Dayton to start, and moving him as quickly as he earns it.

    • Doug Gray

      Also worth noting that sometimes guys request(re: demand) that they are assigned to certain teams because it’s better for signing bonus/tax purposes. I don’t know if it makes a difference in the Reds system or not where a guy goes between Greeneville/Billings/Dayton/Daytona – I’m not an accountant. But I do know that it’s a thing that exists.

      • Big Ed

        Tennessee has no state income tax, so maybe that played a part in India’s starting there last year.

      • SteveO

        Florida has no personal income tax I believe, so money may last longer in Daytona than other cities.

  4. RedsKoolAidDrinker

    I’m interested in the mindset from this year’s players tand in the past few drafts for taking underslot deals (1st round and others) when the player has some leverage. I know one factor is probably being drafted higher than what the national pundits have them projected.

  5. SteveO

    Doug, to update your draft tracker, Lloyd, Sefcik, McAfee, Gill, Gomez and Serreino have also been signed according to the Reds transaction page.

  6. Klugo

    Our top three draft picks this year are as valuable as any other prospect in the Reds organization not named Hunter Greene. That’s a mouthful.

    • RedsKoolAidDrinker

      Please tell me you’re not serious.

  7. rgslone

    So, is Hinds expected to be signed at slot value, under slot value or over slot value?

    Also, if the designated draft pool money runs out, does that mean the Reds simply can’t sign anymore draft picks; or is it a situation where they can exceed the draft pool allotment put have to pay a penalty for doing so?