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    Re: Looking ahead to the 2018 draft class

    That's why Madrigal is my extremely tentative pick--he's a proven college bat. I am afraid, though, that people are getting too enamored with Altuve, and now everybody wants a little guy. The Reds did all right with their little second baseman back in the seventies, though. And I'm not talking Helms or Oester, or even Junior Kennedy.
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    Re: Looking ahead to the 2018 draft class

    Quote Originally Posted by marcshoe View Post
    That's why Madrigal is my extremely tentative pick--he's a proven college bat. I am afraid, though, that people are getting too enamored with Altuve, and now everybody wants a little guy. The Reds did all right with their little second baseman back in the seventies, though. And I'm not talking Helms or Oester, or even Junior Kennedy.
    The Reds also already have Shed Long.
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    The strength of this draft seems to be pitching. I hope we take advantage of that.

    I like a college arm to pair with Hunter Greene coming up. I certainly like the Sale comp with McClanahan, I think he could also pack on some size and velocity on an already impressive fastball from a lefty. Power pitchers with control problems seems to be a Reds favorite pick, but god am I sick of seeing control problems. Mize might be my pick either way if the injury concerns are behind him, it's hard to overlook those tools and his frame and I generally have a preference for SEC guys anyways. Obviously I'd prefer Singer but I don't think he's making it to us.

    Hankins seems like a lesser version of Greene, which isn't necessarily a bad thing but it seems like a little too much risk two drafts in a row. Out of the prep arms Liberatore would be a great get.

    The SS prospects aren't really doing anything for me but if one of them has a big year go for it. I know MLB's tools ratings are often off but De Sadas carrying a 40 speed at SS is concerning if true. I'd rather not draft a hitter in the top 5 with no power in Turang's case. And I'll pass (currently) on Gorman, yeah he has power but it seems like he's average to deficient in everything else.

    The arms are just too intriguing this go around.

    So to summarize my very early probably extremely wrong rankings:

    1. Singer
    2. Mize
    3. Liberatore
    4. McClanahan
    5. Hankins
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    Quote Originally Posted by WrongVerb View Post
    The Reds also already have Shed Long.
    Doug will jump on my back, but I think people are going to be really disappointed when Long doesn’t live up to the RZ hype. The idea Long factors into who is drafted is pretty out there.
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    Re: Looking ahead to the 2018 draft class

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/draf...rospects-2018/

    Here's the early top 100 for college guys.

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    Re: Looking ahead to the 2018 draft class

    I'd be lying if I said Brice Turang doesn't scratch my SS itch.
    Wait until the year after next year.

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    Re: Looking ahead to the 2018 draft class

    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    I'd be lying if I said Brice Turang doesn't scratch my SS itch.
    Nander De Sedas (which sounds like an anagram) is my current crush, but yeah, a SS would be nice, depending on what happens between now and then with Downs, Garcia, Hernandez, and the prospects around the draft. (Jackson Kowar or Kumar Rocker or Jared Kelenic could also be intriguing.)

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    Re: Looking ahead to the 2018 draft class

    A top flight shortstop or one of the high school arms would be my choice. Imagine in five years a rotation that included Greene, Hankins, and Heatherly.
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    Re: Looking ahead to the 2018 draft class

    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    I'd be lying if I said Brice Turang doesn't scratch my SS itch.

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    Re: Looking ahead to the 2018 draft class

    I'm much more intrigued by the high schoolers in this draft. If Singer drops, OK maybe. Things could change, of course, but it's a really strong high school group. Intrigued by Hankins, Liberatore, Gorman, Turang. If De Sedas can stay at SS, he's right there too. Maybe Kelenic, Rocker... there's just good depth in the ranks. Hankins, from what I've seen, could take off like Hunter Greene did last year. Very, very athletic with a wicked fastball and great size.
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    Re: Looking ahead to the 2018 draft class

    It's probably recency bias, but Singer slightly worries me. Puk and Faedo started out at the top as fellow UF aces, and then sputtered some. His delivery also concerns me somewhat. I do like the life his fastball has on it, though, and that slider.

    There's bound to be a few college bats that rise up the rankings and would be a good fit at 5. At this point in where the Reds are at, a solid college bat with the first pick might be a good route, followed by several high upside arms.

    With all of that said, my favorite guy in the class is Hankins. I doubt he makes it to 5, though. After Hankins, my preferences would be:
    2. Liberatore (seems like a Kershaw-like path...)
    3. Madrigal
    4. Kelenic
    5. Kowar
    6. Turang
    7. Gorman
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    Re: Looking ahead to the 2018 draft class

    If I had confidence in the rebuild, I would want a college bat that would rise quickly.
    But I think we are in for "REbuild, the sequel".. so a high school kid makes a lot of sense.
    Obviously, I want the best player available, but that is not always cut and dry, when a team picks at #5 (I think that is where the Reds ended up)
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    Re: Looking ahead to the 2018 draft class

    College baseball season underway as of today.

    Nick Madrigal, SS, Oregon State, has homered and doubled in his two at-bats so far in the Beavers game today.
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    Re: Looking ahead to the 2018 draft class

    A third hit and a third RBI for Mr. Madrigal. Oregon State leads 5-zip.


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