The guys over at Saber-scouting have pumped out their first mock draft. Here is what they have for the Reds:
#7 - Cincinnati Reds
Frankie: Cincy has faith in their high schoolers. Melville should be right there for the taking. Am I the only one that sees a match there? Heís right up their alley and I really have seen no hint that they are changing their draft philosophy anytime soon. And, I really donít think thereís another guy there for them to take that fits as well as Melville.
Kiley: So, I guess weíre only going to agree on #1. At #7, the Reds have all the first baseman still on the board; Hosmer, Smoak, and Alonso, and they arguably make up the top 3 players on the board. And Joey Votto isnít the type of guy to force you not to take a 1B, especially with these 1Bs officially slipping. The Reds donít have a history of paying for Boras guys (Hosmer) and Smoak is the consenus guy ahead of Alonso, so for me, this pick is Smoak or whoever the Reds have as the top arm, either Tulaneís Shooter Hunt, Fresno Stateís Tanner Scheppers, or Missouri prepster Tim Melville. I think when it comes down to it, the Reds take the pitcher and go with Tulaneís version of Homer Bailey, Shooter Hunt.
Kiley: In a related note, no Matusz through seven picks?! His fanclub will be coming to your doorstep!
Frankie: Itís coming, shhhh. His spotlight time is coming.
Kiley: The creepiest line in Mock Draft history.
Frankieís Projection for #7: Tim Melville, RHP, Missouriís Holt HS
Kileyís Projection for #7: Shooter Hunt, RHP, Tulane