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    2006 Official Reds Draft Selections

    1.Drew Stubbs(OF-University of Texas)(6'4, 200 lbs)

    Comments:A toolsy college outfielder, scouts think Stubbs is a gold glove quality CF right now. He's got a power and speed combination that is tempered by his strikeout rate.

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/onlin...es/261476.html

    In summary, the above article is similar to MLB.com.
    2.Sean Watson(CL-University of Tennessee)
    Comments:A college closer with four usable pitches. He hasn't been consistent in his junior year, but when on, he's very effective with a good curveball and a nasty knucklecurve.

    3.Chris Valaika(SS-UC Santa Barbara)

    Comments:He's come back from a torn ACL last year and is a solid infielder with some pop in his bat. He may profile best as a second baseman or a utility guy.

    4.Justin Reed(CF-Hillcrest Christian Academy-MS)

    Comments:He's very athletic with a football scholarship to Mississippi. Speed is his best tool, though he has shown improvement with the bat and in CF.

    5.Josh Ravin(RHP-Chatsworth HS-CA)

    6.Jordan Smith(RHP-Southern Nevada CC-NV)

    7.Justin Turner(2B-Cal St Fullerton)

    8.Travis Webb(LHP-Washington St)

    9.Jeremy Burchett(RHP-UC Berkley)

    10.Josh Roenicke(RHP-UCLA)

    11., Brandon Rice, Spalding HS, Georgia:

    12, Logan Parker, University of Cincinnati: Rated above average athletically as a first baseman. He could end up playing a corner outfield spot.

    13. Kevin Gunter, RHP, Old Dominion University: In 15 starts for ODU, went 6-5 with a 3.46 ERA. Struck out 101 batters, compared to 30 walks, over 104 innings.

    14, Carson Kainer, OF, University of Texas: Teammate of Stubbs is considered an offensive-type of player.

    15, Rafael Sanchez, 3B, Queensborough CC: The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder also pitched in college, but was drafted as an infielder.

    16, Jamie Arneson, LHP, Bakersfield College: Struck out 102 batters in 81 innings this season.

    17, Chris Heisey, OF, Messiah College, Pa.: Batted .428 this season and was named Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year. Stole 21 bases in 22 attempts.

    18, Ryan Wehrle, SS, University of Nebraska: Led the Huskers in batting average (.367), hits (83) and on-base percentage (.447). He was a first-team All-Big 12 selection.

    19 564 Derrik Lutz rhp George Washington DC
    20 594 Eddy Rodriguez c Miami FL
    21 624 Christopher White rhp Texas A&M KingsvilleTX
    22 654 Adam Pointer rhp Alvin (Texas) CC TX
    23 684 Tony Brown of Crestview (Fla.) HS FL
    24 714 Anthony Esquer c Cal Poly Pomona CA
    25 744 Michael McKennon of UT San Antonio TX
    26 774 Anthony Gressick rhp Ohio OH
    27 804 Keltavious Jones of Darton (Ga.) JC GA
    28 834 Tyler Hauschild C Edmonds (Wash.) CC WA
    29 864 Jason Louwsma 3b Florida Gulf Coast FL
    30 894 Lee Tabor lhp Francis Marion (S.C.) JC SC
    31 924 Eric Schaler rhp Dallas Baptist TX
    32 954 Danny Dorn of Cal State Fullerton CA
    33 984 Justin Curry rhp Buford (Ga.) HS GA
    34 1014 Ben Ihde 1b Neenah (Wis.) HS WI
    35 1044 John Touchton rhp Kingwood (Texas) HS TX
    36 1074 Nicholas Wandless rhp South Carolina-Aiken SC
    37 1104 Jarrod Gaskey of Azle (Texas) HS TX
    38 1134 Trevor Coleman c Dripping (Texas) Springs HS TX
    39 1164 Todd Waller 3b Cape Coral (Fla.) HS FL
    40 1194 Tyler Dewitt of Ponderosa HS, Shingle Springs, Calif. CA
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    Re: 2006 Official Reds Draft Selections

    This thread will be to list only the Reds draft picks, and any info you might want to share about them, comments should go in the other stickied draft thread.

    The purpose of this is to allow users to view this thread to see who the Reds drafted without having to sort through the likely 100-150 pages of the actual draft thread. Any question, please PM me.

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    Re: 2006 Official Reds Draft Selections

    Drew Stubbs
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    Drew Stubbs #13
    Height: 6-4
    Weight: 201
    Class: Jr.-2L
    Hometown: Atlanta, TX (Atlanta)

    Considered one of the top all-around college players in the country … a 2005 All-American as well as Academic All-American ... a five-tool player who can not only hit for both power and average, but also possesses tremendous speed and a plus outfield throwing arm … expected to be UT’s starting center fielder for a third straight year in 2006.

    SOPHOMORE (2005)
    · Third-Team All-American - Collegiate Baseball
    · ABCA First-Team All-Central Region
    · First-Team All-Big 12
    · Austin NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team
    · ESPN The Magazine Third-Team Academic All-American
    · ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI
    · First-Team Academic All-Big 12
    · USA Baseball National Team Member
    · First-Team Preseason All-American - Baseball America
    · Third-Team Preseason All-American - Collegiate Baseball & NCBWA
    · Fall 2004 & Spring 2005 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

    2005 Season
    · Texas’ starting center fielder in all 72 games who reached base safely in 65 of those contests and hit safely in 56 games.
    · Batted .311 overall to rank sixth on the club in hitting.
    · Ranked among the top 10 conference players in steals (32 - 1st), runs (67 - 3rd), doubles (20 - t4th), hits (88 - 4th), total bases (149 - t5th) and home runs (11 - t9th), while pacing the Horns in sacrifice hits (21), home runs, runs scored and stolen bases.
    · Second on the club in hits (88), RBI (46), doubles, triples (4), total bases, multi-hit (26) and multi-RBI (15) contests.
    · Recorded a 19-game hitting streak to mark a career-best and tie for the fourth longest streak in University of Texas history.
    · Batted .362 and .363, respectively, with runners on base and in scoring position.
    · Owned seven game-winning RBI to go along with 23 two-out RBI.
    · Hit .283 during conference action to rank sixth on the team. Also ranked among the top 10 league hitters in Big 12 play with 10 steals.
    · Swiped a team-best eight bases and posted a club-high nine sacrifice hits, while ranking second on the team in on-base percentage (.432), runs scored (15) and doubles (3) during postseason action. Also hit .281 with eight RBI and one home run in 17 postseason contests.

    2005 Highlights
    · Named a Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger Player of the Week, the NCBWA/Pro-Line Cap National Player of the Week and Big 12 Player of the Week after hitting a combined .556 with four home runs, six runs scored, a pair of steals and 11 RBI during UT’s game with UTSA (2/15) and series with No.5 Stanford (2/18-20). Notably, he also tallied all three game-winning RBI against the Cardinal while also connecting on inside-the-park home runs in consecutive games (2/19-20) to become the first UT player to record an inside-the-park home run since Omar Quintanilla versus Arizona on March 9, 2003.
    · Went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored at No. 4 Nebraska (4/10).
    · Hit a team-best .545 over a three-game series with Oklahoma (4/15-17) while scoring three runs, connecting on two home runs (including a walk-off blast over the Disch-Falk Field scoreboard in extra innings on April 15) and amassing five RBI, three steals and two game-winning RBI en route to being named the Big 12 Player of the Week on April 19.
    · Combined with teammate Seth Johnston on back-to-back, ninth-inning home runs at Oklahoma State (4/23).
    · Recorded at least one hit in each of Texas’ three games versus No. 14 Missouri (4/29-5/1) while also scoring two runs and swiping two bases.
    · Batted .421 (8-for-19) over Texas’ five games during the Austin NCAA Regional (6/3-6/6) while tallying eight runs scored, seven RBI, three doubles, one triple, one home run and four stolen bases en route to being named to the All-Tournament Team.
    · Set a new College World Series (CWS) record with five sacrifice bunts during UT’s five games in Omaha, while also making a game-saving catch against No. 4 Baylor (6/22) during the semifinals to help the Horns capture their sixth overall National Championship.
    · Batted .304 with five runs scored, three doubles, six RBI and one steal in 19 games for the USA Baseball National Team under the direction of head coach Steve Smith in the summer of 2005. Also aided the Americans in winning their final 11 games to end the summer campaign with a 16-4 overall record.

    FRESHMAN (2004)
    · Freshman All-American - Baseball America & Collegiate Baseball
    · Big 12 Freshman Player of the Year
    · First-Team All-Big 12
    · USA Baseball National Team Member
    · Austin NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team
    · Midseason All-American - Baseball America
    · Fall 2003 & Spring 2004 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

    2004 Season
    · Started 70 of the 71 games in which he appeared in center field.
    · Headlined the Horns and tied for second in the league with 28 steals.
    · Finished fourth on the team in batting (.301) while ranking among the top five on the club in runs (51-2nd), hits (80-2nd), doubles (16-t3rd), triples (3-t2nd), home runs (8-2nd), RBI (47-4th), total bases (126-2nd), slugging (.474-2nd), walks (28-t5th), multi-hit games (24-2nd), multi-RBI contests (13-2nd) and two-out RBI (24-1st).
    · Tallied four game-winning RBI and a 12-game hitting streak.
    · Batted .303 or higher with runners on base and in scoring position.
    · Became UT’s all-time freshmen hits leader (80), while pacing all league freshmen in home runs, steals, triples and slugging.
    · Started 24 of Texas’ 26 conference games and hit .277 while totaling a team-best 19 runs scored, three doubles, one triple, a pair of home runs, 12 RBI, a .394 slugging percentage and a club-high 10 steals, which placed him fourth among Big 12 players during league action.
    · Lead the team with 18 RBI, five steals, and two triples during postseason action while batting .317 and tallying three home runs and four doubles.

    2004 Highlights
    · Accumulated six hits in 13 at bats (.461) while scoring four runs, driving in four more, doubling once, connecting on one home run and stealing two bases during a three-game set at Hawaii (1/30-2/1).
    · Hit .444 over Texas’ three-game series with San Diego State (2/27-29) as he went a combined 4-for-9 while also swiping three bases, tallying two RBI and scoring twice. Also became the 27th player in stadium history to hit a home run over the center field wall during that series on Feb. 29.
    · Went 3-for-7 with two steals over two games versus No. 17 Cal St. Fullerton (3/5&7).
    · Blasted his third home run of the year at No. 3 Rice (3/9).
    · Posted a career-high four RBI versus Eastern Michigan (3/13).
    · Hit .500 with four RBI over three games with Oklahoma State (3/26-28).
    · Went 2-for-2 with two steals and one RBI versus No. 3 Rice (4/13).
    · Turned in a 2-for-4 effort that included a home run, a pair of steals, two runs scored and two RBI during the series opener at Baylor (4/16). Also swiped three bases and scored five runs during the series with the Bears.
    · Netted his first career three-hit performance during the opening game of UT’s series opposite No. 16 Nebraska (4/23) while also accounting for one double, a stolen base, one RBI and a run scored in that tilt.
    · Batted .350 during the Big 12 Tournament while also driving in five runs and scoring twice. Additionally, he turned in a 2-for-5 tourney effort that included one run and three RBI versus No. 10 Texas A&M (5/27).
    · Collected two multi-hit as well as multi-RBI efforts while also accounting for one home run, a .385 average, one triple and two stolen bases during the Austin NCAA Regional Tournament (6/4-6).
    · Went a combined 4-for-8 with five runs scored, five RBI and two home runs, including his second over the center field wall at Disch-Falk Field to become the third player to ever hit two round-trippers over the 20-foot-high wall and the first freshman to do so, during NCAA Super Regional action versus No. 15 Vanderbilt (6/11-12).
    · Started all five of Texas’ College World Series games in center field while collecting four hits, scoring two runs and tallying three RBI.
    · Made 18 center field starts out of the 20 games in which he played for the USA Baseball National Team under the direction of head coach Frank Cruz during the summer of 2004. Aided the Americans in posting an 18-7 record, including an unblemished 8-0 mark during the FISU World University Championships in Taiwan to capture the Gold Medal.
    · Held the fourth-highest batting average on Team USA by hitting at a .319 clip for the summer season (22-for-69) while scoring 14 runs, connecting on six doubles and one triple, tallying nine RBI, tying for the team lead with five stolen bases and boasting a .435 slugging percentage.
    · Batted .407 during the FISU Championships to rank second on the club in hitting while playing in all eight games, making seven starts, scoring six runs, amassing five RBI and accounting for a .593 slugging mark as well as a .500 on-base percentage. Also delivered the game-winning, two-run triple in the fifth inning of the gold medal game in which the Americans came from behind to claim a 4-2 victory over Japan.

    HIGH SCHOOL
    · A four-sport star at Atlanta High School who lettered all four years in baseball and three times in football, basketball and track (1999-2003). Also captained each of those squads at least once during his career and was twice named the captain of the baseball team.
    · Tabbed an All-District performer three times as a center fielder for head coach Randy Raley’s Rabbits and helped lead Atlanta High School to three district championships during his tenure (2000, 2002 and 2003).
    · Followed a freshman season in which he batted .328 overall with 11 runs scored and seven RBI, with a sophomore campaign that saw him hit .393 while scoring 24 runs and driving in 18 RBI behind 26 hits, including five doubles, one triple and one home run.
    · Garnered All-State honors as a junior in 2002 after tallying 23 RBI and 35 runs scored to go along with a career-high .486 batting average, eight doubles, one triple and five round-trippers.
    · Capped his four-year career with a 2003 campaign in which he batted .407 with 30 runs scored, 20 RBI and 37 hits, including four doubles and five home runs, to his credit. Was also named to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association (THSBCA) North All-Star Team as a senior.
    · A two-time All-District (2001 and 2002) and first-team Academic All-State performer (2002) as a quarterback and free safety for head coach Ben Scharnberg’s Rabbits who helped Atlanta High School claim district football titles in 2000, 2001 and 2002.
    · Earned second-team All-District recognition as a senior forward for head coach Jared Boston’s basketball squad and aided the Rabbits in winning consecutive district titles in 2002 and 2003.
    · Helped head coach Lance Bernard’s Atlanta High School track team win four straight district crowns and back-to-back state titles (2002-2003) by claiming individual state championships in the 400 and 1600 relays and becoming a state qualifier in the 300 intermediate hurdles as well as the triple jump.
    · The salutatorian of his graduating class who was also a Caps Scholar and was recognized as Atlanta High School’s top English, math and Spanish student. Was also a member of the National Honor Society and named a Superintendent’s Scholar during each of his four years.
    · Participated in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Calculus Club, Young Republicans, the Spanish Club, United Methodist Youth Fellowship, the History Club and the Big Brothers Program during high school.
    · Selected in the third round (No. 89 overall) of the 2003 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Houston Astros.
    · Played center field for head coach Pat Cauley’s Texarkana Indians (Texarkana, Texas) over the summers of 2002 and 2003. Batted .475 with seven home runs and 45 RBI for the Indians following his junior season and not only picked up state tournament MVP honors that year, but also helped Texarkana win its league and finish second in the state.

    PERSONAL
    Born Robert Andrew Stubbs on Oct. 4, 1984, in Texarkana, Texas … parents are Rick and Katherine Stubbs … has two brothers, Jody and Clint … his father, Rick, attended Louisiana Tech University and ran track from 1970-74 … a management major ... Member of the UT Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
    My dad got to enjoy 3 Reds World Championships by the time he was my age. So far, I've only gotten to enjoy one. Step it up Redlegs!

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    Chris Valaika and Justin Reed were third and fourth round picks.
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    Joshua Ravin, a righty HS pitcher, is the 5th round pick.

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    Chris Valaika

    Code:
    Player                        AVG  GP-GS    AB   R   H  2B  3B  HR RBI   TB  SLG%  BB HBP  SO GDP   OB%  SF  SH  SB-ATT
    
    Valaika, Chris, UCSB.......  .335  54-54   227  44  76  12   1  10  57  120  .529  12   4  47   3  .372   4   1   4-4
    http://ucsbgauchos.cstv.com/sports/m...a_chris00.html

    Player Profile
    Class:
    Junior
    Hometown:
    Valencia, Calif.
    High School:
    Hart HS

    Height / Weight:
    6-0 / 195
    Position:
    Infield
    Birthdate:
    08/14/1985

    2006
    Will be back in the lineup as the Gauchos' starting shortstop...Named to the 2006 Wallace Watch List by the College Baseball Foundation.

    2005
    After his Freshman All-American and Big West Freshman of the Year performance in 2004, Valaika missed the majority of his sophomore campaign due to injury...Played in 18 games before the setback...In only 72 at-bats, he managed to rack up five doubles and twelve runs scored...Went 3-for-6 with two runs scored, a double, one RBI and a walk at Pepperdine on February 5...Batted 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs scored and a walk in a 6-1 victory over San Jose State on February 13.

    2004
    Valaika was named Big West Freshman of the Year and Freshman All-American after starting all 54 games in 2004...Hit .347, blasting seven homeruns and driving in 38...Was the team leader in total bases (119), doubles (15) and extra-base hits (25)...Hit .311 (23-for-74) with runners in scoring position...Had a team-high 24 multi-hit games...Also recorded eight multi-RBI games...He went 70-for-183, .383, over the final 44 games, collecting at least one hit in 38 of those...Was a perfect five-for-five with five runs scored, three RBI, two doubles, a homer and a walk February 28 against Fresno State...Also posted four hits and three RBI in an April 3 game against Sacramento State...Went 3-for-5 driving in four and scoring one against Cal State Fullerton on April 13...On April 30 he was 3-for-4 in a win over Long Beach State...Valaika hit in eight of nine games against Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State and UC Irvine, all Big West opponents that advanced to the NCAA Tournament...Against those three opponents he was 14-for-37 (.378) with eight RBI, nine runs scored, four doubles, two triples and two homeruns...Finished the season with two or more hits in four straight games and six of the last eight...Not only did Valaika have 24 multi-hit games, he had eight games with three or more hits...In addition to his stellar play offensively, he had just 12 errors in 287 chances in the field.

    Team USA
    Won a Gold medal while playing with Team USA Under-16 squad in the World Games in Veracruz, Mexico...Won a Silver medal with the U-18 team in the 2003 Pan-America Games in Curacao after hitting .385 with two homers and two doubles...Won a Gold medal with the USA National team in the Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo where he had eleven hits, two triples and a homerun.

    High School
    Played at Hart High School under coach Jim Ozella...Hit .411 as a sophomore and junior and .426 as a senior...Recorded 42 doubles in those three years and compiled 107 hits...Received All-Foothill League honors his sophomore, junior and senior seasons...Also received First Team All-State and First Team All-CIF honors as a junior and senior...Holds the school record for most career home runs with 18.

    Personal
    Born August 14, 1985 in Santa Monica, California...Aspires to play professional baseball...Roots for the Los Angeles Dodgers...Majoring in Anthropology at UCSB...Favorite athlete is former Gaucho shortstop, Michael Young...Favorite movies are Bull Durham and Cocktail...Most memorable sports moment was winning a gold medal in Taiwan...Favorite aspects of Santa Barbara are the beach and the weather...Best quote received about baseball and/or life is from James Dean who stated, "Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today"...Enjoys watching Family Guy, Nip Tuck and CSI...Three words that describe him are outgoing, loyal and dedicated...Son of Jeff and Ilona Valaika.

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    Re: 2006 Official Reds Draft Selections

    I miss Adam Dunn.

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    Stats for College players so far.

    Position Players
    Code:
    Rd	Season	Team			Player		AB	AVG	OBP	SLG	OPS	ISOD	ISOP
    1	2006	Texas			Drew Stubbs	220	0.345	0.447	0.591	1.037	0.101	0.245
    3	2006	UC Santa Barbara	Chris Valaika	214	0.341	0.375	0.547	0.922	0.034	0.206
    7	2006	Cal State Fullerton	Justin Turner	230	0.352	0.408	0.500	0.908	0.056	0.148
    Pitchers
    Code:
    Rd		School			Player		APP	GS	IP	ERA	K/9	K/BB	HR/9
    2	2006	Tennessee		Sean Watson	29	0	41.0	4.61	10.32	2.76	1.54
    	2004	Tennessee		Sean Watson	15	14	75.3	4.54	6.09	1.09	0.60
    	2005	Tennessee		Sean Watson	29	6	79.0	2.85	9.34	1.74	0.46
    8	2005	Washington State	Travis Webb	23	3	37.7	9.08	6.69	0.97	0.48
    	2006	Washington State	Travis Webb	21	0	29.0	2.17	9.62	3.10	0.31
    9	2004	California		Jeremy Burchett	4	0	3.7	12.27	9.82	0.57	2.45
    	2005	California		Jeremy Burchett	7	0	6	9.00	6.00	0.57	1.50

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    Re: 2006 Official Reds Draft Selections

    Goldstein from BP weighs in

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/ar...articleid=5163

    Reds Drew Stubbs, of, University of Texas

    As the draft saying goes, it only takes one, and that one was Cincinnati, who were looking at some college arms, but went with Stubbs when the pitchers they liked were all gone. In Stubbs' defense, he's not the best position player right now, but he has the highest ceiling.

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    Reds select Texas' Stubbs with first pick
    Longhorns outfielder second position player taken in draft
    By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com

    ST. LOUIS -- A third-round draft pick of the Astros in 2003, a bizarre set of circumstances delayed Drew Stubbs' professional baseball career from starting right out of high school.

    Ultimately, the dream proved worth waiting for a little longer.

    Stubbs became a star center fielder for the University of Texas and won a National Championship with the Longhorns last year. On Tuesday, the junior became a first-rounder in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft when the Reds selected him with the eighth overall pick.

    "I'm very excited. It's a huge honor to be in the position I'm in right now," said Stubbs, who hit .342 with 12 home runs, 58 RBIs and 26 steals while starting all 62 of Texas' games.

    Stubbs, 21, was the second position player taken overall. Scouting reports said that the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder was an athletic five-tool player with great speed and power that complemented his Gold Glove-caliber defensive ability.

    A four-sport athlete in high school, Stubbs said he was also recruited to play college football but was most passionate about playing baseball.

    "Baseball was always my first love and that's what I wanted to continue to do," he said.

    Baseball America rated Stubbs as the best college athlete and best defensive player in this year's draft and the second fastest base runner and third-best power hitter.

    A native of Atlanta, Texas, Stubbs had agreed to receive $900,000 from his home-state Astros in 2003. Considered an abnormally high bonus for a third-round pick, Major League Baseball pressured the club to lower the amount and the club's offer was eventually rescinded.

    So, Stubbs went to college instead.

    "I was excited to go to school, but at the same time disappointed I didn't get to start my pro career," Stubbs said. "Deep down all along, I wanted to go to school. I really wanted the chance to get the college experience. If the money was right for me and family, what I was asking for was there on the table, and I would have had to take it and start pro ball. When it all fell through and I realized I was going to college, I was happy about it deep down. I realized it was probably the best thing."

    It should prove to be a lucrative move. Cincinnati's first-round pick in 2005, outfielder Jay Bruce, received a $1.8 million bonus out of high school as the 12th overall selection.

    Stubbs watched the draft on a computer at his apartment with three teammates and some family and friends. When his name was announced, it was a little anti-climatic because his advisor phoned him with the news a half-hour earlier.

    Speculation had the Reds taking Stubbs if he was available and the two sides had already opened negotiations before Tuesday.

    "I think I've been in their target for a couple of months now," Stubbs said. "I was looking to go as high as possible, and eighth with Cincinnati is definitely a very good spot for me. I was excited before the draft started when I found out it was going to happen."

    Stubbs expected to sign quickly.

    "The way we've been talking recently, we pretty much came to an agreement that I wouldn't be difficult to sign if I was drafted," he said. "I'm not sure how quick the actual signing will take place. When it comes to negotiations, I think all that's pretty much ironed out and I won't be a problem to sign at all."

    Over his three-year collegiate career, Stubbs batted .317 and was a two-time member of the USA Baseball national team. Patience at the plate is one area that will need developing as a professional -- he had 60 strikeouts, compared to 41 walks in 2006, and 205 strikeouts over a 204-game college career.

    "I don't consider myself a guy that's one of those big power hitters that's either going to hit a home run or strike out," Stubbs said. "I think I'm more of a balanced hitter that can hit for average. My development over the next few years will cure a lot of those problems and I'm looking forward to improving in every aspect of the game."

    Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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    6:25 p.m.: There obviously aren't any sure things in the 15th round, but the Reds picked up a prospect with a lot of potential. Rafael Sanchez, a third baseman from Queensborough CC, has plus raw power and a strong arm, but he is very raw and might not have enough agility for third base. He has good upside, though, for a 15th-rounder.
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    7:06 p.m.: A disappointing end to Nebraska's season continued today, as both of the Huskers sophomore-eligible draft candidates fell hard. Southpaw Tony Watson spent time this season being considered as a potential top-three rounder, but instead, he slid to pick 505 in the 17th round. His teammate, shortstop Ryan Wehrle, went 29 picks later, picked by the Reds. Given each player's draft day fall, there's a pretty good chance they could return to Lincoln this fall.
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