Reds finish draft with balanced group

Reds finish draft with balanced group

CINCINNATI -- While the Cincinnati Reds heavily favored collegiate players on the first day of the First-Year Player Draft, more balance was achieved on the second day.

Fifteen of the 32 players taken on Wednesday in rounds 18-50 were from the high school ranks, including nine in a row at one point.

Cincinnati took 12 right-handed pitchers, two lefties, eight outfielders, six catchers, and four infielders.

All told, of the 50 players selected by the Reds in the draft, 32 were collegiate players -- 24 from four-year schools, and eight from the junior college ranks. A total of 18 high school players were picked during the two-day draft.

Of those players, the picks were split evenly between pitchers (25) and position players (25). The Reds took 19 right-handed hurlers, and four lefties. They selected 12 outfielders, nine infielders and six catchers.

The Reds picked up some Ohio flavor by drafting two local players: University of Cincinnati's Logan Parker (12th round), and Ohio University's Anthony Gressick (26th). Parker is a 6-foot-4, 220-pound first baseman from Odessa, Tex., and Gressick is a 6-3, 200-pound right-hander from Lancaster, Ohio.

This is the first draft for the Reds' new front office, led by owner Robert Castellini and general manager Wayne Krivsky. The front office entrusted senior director of scouting Chris Buckley to coordinate and oversee the draft process.

The Reds selected University of Texas center fielder Drew Stubbs with their first-round pick (eighth overall) on Tuesday. Buckley and Krivsky were both optimistic about the former Longhorn signing soon, but as of Tuesday, Krivsky had little to say about current contract negotiations.

William S. Hupp is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.