Solid college righty Lively selected by Reds

Solid college righty Lively selected by Reds

Solid college righty Lively selected by Reds

Ben Lively has never wowed scouts with his raw stuff, but the right-hander has quietly put together a solid college career at the University of Central Florida and got selected as the 135th overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft by the Reds.

"I was pumped," Lively said. "I had a couple teams that were on the lines, and my advisor told me I was going to be picked in about two seconds. It popped up, and I was so excited."

Lively isn't afraid to attack hitters with his four-pitch arsenal, even though he doesn't feature a plus pitch.

His fastball sits in the low-90s and his slider is his best secondary offering. Listed at 6-foot-4, 211 pounds, Lively has ideal size for a righty. He commands all four of his pitches well and his delivery creates some deception.

As a junior this spring, Lively went 7-5 with a team-best 2.04 ERA over 15 starts at UCF, striking out 101 batters in 106 innings. It was a solid follow-up to Lively's impressive sophomore campaign, during which he went 9-2 with a 3.00 ERA and tallied 84 whiffs in just 81 innings.

Lively has also performed well in a few high-profile matchups this season, beating Jacksonville's Chris Anderson and Marshall's Aaron Blair.

Moving forward, Lively said he has one main focus as he prepares for the next level.

"Just get a little bit stronger," Lively said. "I threw a lot more strikes this year than I have in the past, so I feel good about that. I just want to keep getting stronger."

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