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Reds take Ohio lefty to finish Draft Day 2


When the Reds used their 10th-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, they kept it local.

Left-handed pitcher Seth Varner, the 305th overall selection, pitched for Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. A native of Batavia, he attended Clermont-Northeastern High School.

This season in 15 starts, Varner was 7-3 with a 2.85 ERA and one shutout. In 104 1/3 innings, the 22-year-old gave up 95 hits and 25 walks and struck out a school-record 123 batters.

"We're excited about him," Reds senior director of amateur scouting Chris Buckley said. "We just had him at our pre-Draft workout. The kid can pitch. He's a local guy -- we like to do that when we can."

Varner was a first-team All-MAC conference honoree and is the first Miami pitcher to ever win the MAC pitcher of the year award. He was also a third-team Louisville Slugger All-American.

In 2013, Varner was mostly a reliever and the Redhawks' leader in appearances, Varner had a 2-1 record and 5.13 ERA in 21 games, including three starts. He did not allow a home run this season and his 25 strikeouts led relievers on the team.

The Draft concludes Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 1 p.m. ET.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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