A round-by-round breakdown of the Reds selections in the 2014 MLB Draft.
Round 1, 19th overall: Nick Howard (RHP/Virginia)
Description of the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder by MLB.com scouts (watch his scouting video ):
After starting his career as a part-time starter and two-way player for the Cavaliers, Howard took on the closers' role for UVA in 2014. MLB.com scouts say in larger outings in starts he is regularly in the 90-93 mph range, but tops out at 98 if he's working in shorter relief and doesn't have to reserve energy. He also throws a slider (mid-80s) that can be "slurvy" at times, according to MLB.com. He's still working on developing a changeup or another true third pitch, which will likely determine if he can start at the next level.
Round 1, 29th overall: Alex Blandino (SS/Stanford)
Description of the 6-foot, 190-pound right-hander (watch his scouting video ):
Blandino hit better than .300 in the Cape Cod League after both his freshman and sophomore years at Stanford.
"He has a quick bat and an ability to hit to all fields. And he has a solid approach at the plate with good plate discipline," MLB reports. "While Blandino has shown good extra-base pop, there is some question over how much over-the-fence power he'll have in the future."
Whether or not he'll play second or third will likely be determined but whether he can hit for power.
"Stanford hitters have had a checkered track record at the next level, a bias Blandino might have to overcome. But his history of success, especially on the Cape, should help overcome that."
Round 2, 58th overall: Taylor Sparks (3B/University of California - Irvine)
Description of the 6-foot-4, 210-pound right-hander (watch his scouting video ):
He shared the Big West Conference Field Player of the Year honors as a sophomore and then led the U.S. National Collegiate Team in hitting over the summer.
"(He is) a strong and athletically built corner infielder" and moves well around the bag, even though he's big for a third baseman, according to MLB.com. He has shown the ability to make quality contact at the plate thanks to good bate speed.
Round 3, 94th overall: Wyatt Strahan (RHP/University of Southern California)
Description of the 6-foot-3, 205-pound right-hander (watch his scouting video ):
The right-hander was both a reliever and a weekend starter at USC. He has a big, strong, durable frame and "looks well built to eat up a lot of innings in the future," according to MLB.com.
His fastball touches the low 90s and it has some dip to it, while his curveball has "out pitch" potential.
Round 4, 125th overall: Gavin LaValley (3B/Carl Albert HS (OK))
Description of the 6-foot-3, 235-pound right-hander (watch his scouting video ):
As is the case with most high school players, he put up huge numbers at his Oklahoma high school and led his team to three straight state championships. He batted a combined .516/.618/1.126 with 54 homers and 202 RBIs in 121 games.
"Combined with the strength in his 230-pound frame, it gives him considerable power to all fields. He has a sound right-handed swing, and the ball makes a different sound when it comes off his bat," MLB.com wrote of LaValley who has drawing physical comparisons to big leaguers Billy Butler and Mark Trumbo.
Round 5, 155th overall: Tejay Antone (RHP/Weatherford College (JC))
Description of the 6-foot-4, 205-pound right-hander (watch his scouting video ):
Drafted out of a Texas high school in the 22nd round in 2012, Antone decided to attend Texas Christian. He barely pitched for the Horned Frogs as a freshman, then transferred to Weatherford for his sophomore season. If he doesn't turn pro this summer, he'll move on to Auburn. "Antone draws mixed reviews," wrote an MLB.com scout. "Scouts who like him praise his big, athletic frame and his arm strength... " but he struggles with command and some critics knock his form.
He has a low 90s fastball that can touch 95 mph and his second-best pitch is a slider.
Round 6, 185th overall: Jose Lopez (RHP/Seton Hall)
Description of the 6-foot-1, 185-pound right-hander:
He did not see action in 2014 due to an injury.
Lopez sppeared in 20 games and made five starts in 2013, finishing with a 3-3 record and a 3.40 ERA. He tallied 42 strikeouts in 47.2 innings, allowing 18 walks and holding opponents to a .180 batting average.
Round 7, 215th overall: Shane Mardirosian (LHP) (2B/Martin Luther King H.S. (California))
Round 8, 245th overall: Brian O'Grady (1B/Rutgers)
Round 9, 275th overall: Brian Hunter (RHP/Hartford)
Round 10, 305th overall: Seth Varner (LHP/Miami (Ohio)). He grew up in Batavia .
Round 11, 335th overall: Mitch Trees (C/Sacred Heart Griffin H.S. (IL))
Round 12, 365th overall: Montrell Marshall (3B/South Gwinnett H.S. (GA))
Description of the 6-foot-5, 215-pound right-hander (watch his scouting video ):
"Marshall has a large, athletic frame and is already bigger than his
cousin, Brandon Phillips," write the scouts for MLB.com.
Despite his size, he moves well in the field and at the plate. He generates good bat speed and has solid power, but remains raw in his approach to hitting.
Cut from the Alex Rodriguez mold, Marshall played shortstop in high school, but is expected to move to a corner spot at the pro level or if he decides to go to Auburn instead.
Round 13, 395th overall: Zachary Correll (RHP/Joseph Case HS (MA))
Round 14, 425th overall: Jacob Ehret (RHP/UCLA)
Round 15, 455th overall: Jimmy Pickens (OF/Michigan State)
Round 16, 485th overall: Garrett Boulware (C/Clemson)
Round 17, 515th overall: Jacob Moody (LHP/Memphis)
Round18, 545th overall: Roderick Bynum (CF/Monroe Catholic HS (AK))
Round 19, 575th overall: Isaac Anderson (RHP/College of Southern Idaho)
Round 20, 605th overall: Conor Krauss (RHP/Seton Hall)
Round 21, 635th overall: Tyler Parmenter (RHP/Arizona)
Round 22, 665th overall: Robert Byckowski (3B/Blyth Academy (ON))
Round 23, 695th overall: Ty Sterner (LHP/University of Rhode Island)
Round 24, 725th overall: Shane Crouse (RHP/Lake Sumter CC (FL))
Round 25, 755th overall: Paul Kronenfeld (1B/Catawba College (NC))
Round 26, 785th overall: Brennan Bernardino (LHP/Cal St Dominguez Hills (CA))
Round 27, 815th overall: Jake Paulson (RHP/Oakland University (MI))
Round 28, 845th overall: Dustin Cook (RHP/San Jacinto College North)
Round 29, 875th overall: Michael Sullivan (LHP/Gloucester County College)
Round 30, 905th overall: Josciel Veras (SS/Cumberland University)
Round 31, 935th overall: Joshua Palacios (CF/San Jacinto College North (TX)) (switch hitter)
Round 32, 965th overall: Dalton Viner (RHP/San Jacinto College North (TX))
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Round 33, 995th overall: Jose Lopez (C/King H.S. (FL))
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Round 34, 1,025th overall: Keenan Kish (RHP/University of Florida)
Round 35, 1,055th overall: Brandon Vicens (CF/ American Heritage (High) School (FL))
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Round 36, 1,085th overall: Logan Browning (LHP/Logan Lakeland Christian School (FL))
Round 37, 1,115th overall: Walker Whitworth (2B/Ada H.S. (OK))
Round 38, 1,145th overall: Bo Tucker (LHP/Rome H.S. (GA))
Round 39, 1,175th overall: Seth Roadcap (C/Capital H.S. (WV))
Round 40, 1,205th overall: Michael Mediavilla, Michael (LHP/Mater Academy Charter School (FL))
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Other Local Players of Interest
Round 1, 4th overall: Kyle Schwarber (Indiana/C) by the Chicago Cubs - "Middletown High School grad drafted in 1st round"
Round 2, 60 overall: Cameron Varga (RHP/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) by the Tampa Bay Rays - "CHCA's Cameron Varga pitches fifth no-hitter, keeps perfect season intact in state semifinal win "
Round 12, 348th overall: Connor Walsh (RHP/UC) by the Chicago White Sox
Round 14, 434th overall: Jordan Procyshen (C/Northern Kentucky) by the Boston Red Sox
Round 18, 534th overall: Dusty Isaacs (RHP/Georgia Tech/Lebanon H.S.) by the Toronto Blue Jays
Description of the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder from Lebanon H.S.
He pitched in the rotation and the bullpen during his four years at GT, but he was much more effective as a reliever, according to MLB.com.
Appearing in 29 games this spring, Isaacs became the "bullpen-ace" by learning to command a low-90s fastaball that has tailing movement.If his fastball isn't working then he can struggle, as his "slider is inconsistent" even though it is a "solid offering." He also struggles with his changeup, his third pitch, which could keep him in the bullpen in the pros.
Round 22, 652nd overall: Ryan Powers (RHP/Miami (OH)) by the Philadelphia Phillies
Round 25, 741st overall: Vinny Nittoli (RHP/Xavier) by the Seattle Mariners
Round 40, 1,198th overall: Riles Mahan (SS/Moeller H.S.)