Re: Reds worst team in MLB at getting draft picks to the bigs?
Last weeks pick was the 41st first round pick that the Reds have had since 1965, 2 of these players did not sign with the Reds (Mike Miley 1971 and Jeremy Sowers 2001) of these 39 players 19 have made it to the big leagues, that’s almost 49%. Since the draft the Reds have used their first pick for pitchers 21 times, 20 of them were starting pitchers, with Ryan Wagner being the lone reliever in the group. 5 of these pitchers were left-handed, three of them were drafted by Jim Bowden (whose Nationals drafted heavy in the LH pitcher field this past draft) Scott Jones (1982) is the only LH Pitcher to be drafted with the first pick by the Reds between 1969’s pick (Don Gullett) and 1999’s pick (Ty Howington). 9 of the 19 players who made it to the big leagues were pitchers, with Bailey now making it 10 of 20. Of the Reds pitchers who made it, only Don Gullett and Gary Nolan can claim to have had much of a career, and both were out of the game very early.
The 21 Position players who were drafted generally played 43 positions, with 8 being outfielders, 8 more being shortstops and 3 being catchers. The oddball in the group was a third basemen Tad Vanger, 1977. Of the 10 players who made it to the big leagues as position players for the Reds 5 were drafted as Shortstops, 1 as a catcher and the other 4 as outfielders. The most significant career amongst them is easily Barry Larkin (1985)
10 of the Reds 1st roiund picks have been college players.