06/08/2005

Draft Day One

Eighteen Players.

Ten pitchers, six IFs, two OFs.

Four High Schoolers, fourteen College players.

Heres a nice summary of all the picks after OF Jay Bruce at #1 from the MLB site:

Here’s a look at the Reds’ picks on day one:

Travis Wood, LHP, Bryant (Ark.) High School, Pick #60: Wood, 18, signed a letter of intent to play for Arkansas. He’s the No. 1 ranked pitcher in the state, and throws an 89-92 mph fastball, as well as a changeup and curve.

“His second-best pitch is a changeup, and it’s a real good one,” Reynolds said. “He has work to do on his breaking ball. If that comes, you’ll have a pitcher with two plus pitches and one average pitch who’s left-handed.”

Zachary Ward, RHP, Gardner-Webb University, Pick #92: The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Ward, a native of Kannapolis, N.C., went 7-9 with a 3.63 ERA for the Bulldogs this past season. He struck out 127 batters over 109 innings by using a four-seam fastball in the mid-90s and a sharp slider.

Sam LeCure, RHP, No school, Pick #122: LeCure was ruled academically ineligible to play for the Texas Longhorns this season. He went 9-3 with a 2.34 ERA for an ’04 Texas team that advanced to the championship round of the College World Series.

“His advisor put him into the wrong core classes, so he was one class short and couldn’t play,” Reynolds said. “We saw him through a number of workouts, and currently he’s pitching for the North Woods League, which is a summer collegiate league. We’ve seen him in a lot of different environments.”

James Avery, RHP, Niagara University, Pick #152: The 21-year-old Avery went 5-5 with a 3.42 ERA for the Purple Eagles this season. He is a native of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. Though he has a fastball in the low 90s, he is seen as a reliever because of his limited pitch selection.

Jeffrey Stevens, RHP, Loyola Marymount University, Pick #182: The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Stevens went 6-4 with a 3.33 ERA in his junior season, earning him All-West Coast Conference honors for the second straight year.

Brandon Roberts, CF, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Pick #212: Roberts was Cal Poly’s left fielder and designated hitter before moving to center this season. Known more for speed than power, he hit .339 with 32 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.

Michael Jones, SS, Wayne County (Ga.) High School, Pick #242: Jones attended a workout at Great American Ball Park last week. Reynolds said the team isn’t sure if Jones will stay at shortstop or move out to center field.

“The thing we really like is his bat and his athleticism,” Reynolds said. “There are questions whether his arm is strong enough to play short.”

Milton Loo, 3B, Yavapai (Col.) College, Pick #272: The 19-year-old Loo hit .404 with five homers and 38 RBIs at Yavapai. The Reds actually drafted him last year as well. The team will follow Loo, who will most likely convert to shortstop, through another season of junior college before signing him, Reynolds said.

Bo Lanier, RHP, University of Georgia, Pick #302: In three years with the Bulldogs, the 6-foot-1, 165-pound Lanier has gone 10-4 with two saves and a 5.69 ERA in 56 relief appearances.

Carlos Fisher, RHP, Lewis & Clark (Ca.) State College, Pick #332: Fisher went 4-2 with a 3.36 ERA in 15 appearances, including 11 starts, in his senior season at Lewis & Clark.

Adam Rosales, SS, Western Michigan University, Pick #362: Rosales, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior, hit .309 with six homers and 31 RBIs for the Broncos this season.

Logan Ondrusek, RHP, McClennan (Texas) Community College, Pick #392: At 6-foot-8, 205 pounds, Ondrusek is the tallest of the Reds’ draftees. He just completed his sophomore season at McClennan.

Michael Griffin, 2B, Baylor University, Pick #422: As a senior starter on a Baylor team that has advanced to the NCAA Super Regional, Griffin has hit .289 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs this season.

Michael DeJesus, 2B, Coastal Carolina University, Pick #452: DeJesus is the brother of David DeJesus of the Royals. The junior appeared in all 66 games for Coastal Carolina this season, batting .346 with nine homers and 72 RBIs. He was a first-team All-Big South selection.

Jason Vecchio, RHP, University of Texas-San Antonio, Pick #482: In 20 appearances this season, mostly in relief, Vecchio, a junior, went 2-4 with a 6.12 ERA and seven saves.

David Wilson, LHP, Lander University, Pick #512: The senior from Gray Court, S.C., went 9-4 with a 3.84 ERA this season. He had 70 strikeouts and just 15 walks in 84 1/3 innings.

Kevyn Feiner, SS, Sun Prairie (Wis.) High School, Pick #542:The 6-foot, 170-pound Feiner, 17, signed a letter of intent to play at Illinois.

Later,
Tom

Join the conversation! 7 Comments

  1. Anyone notice how small most of these guys are (especially for college pitchers). I think there’s only 1 over 6’3″, and only 2 over 6’1″. That’s been a long untapped talent pool, in my opinion. Houston’s gotten all those guys.

  2. Reds load up on LH pitching,,, hope the like GB over FB.

    Thanks for the capsules.

  3. Unless they know something we don’t, I can’t understand why the Reds have once again spent a high draft pick on a high school pitcher with highly questionable signability. At least it wasn’t a first-round pick this time.
    -JinAZ

  4. I guess the Reds will continue to use the shotgun style in drafting pitchers. Keep drafting as many as you can, eventually the law of averages will catch up with you and one will work his way to the bigs.

  5. Ward is a first-round arm that fell to the third round. He’ll move quickly

  6. …hopefully not “to the operating room.”

  7. Carlos Fisher looks like a strong fastball pitcher, I have a good feeling about this guy.

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