Jackson Miller was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds with the No. 65 overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft.
The Reds had five choices on Day 2 of the MLB draft, which ended Thursday: Texas A&M right-gender pitcher Christian Roa (No. 48 overall), high school catcher Jackson Miller (No. 65), Texas Tech right-hander Bryce Bonnin (No 84), highfield outfielder Mac Wainwright (No. 113) and Notre Dame right-hander Joe Boyle (No. 143).
“We talked about taking some chances on some guys with higher ceilings,” said Reds Scouting Director Brad Meador. “Especially with how good we feel about what we do with game development now on both sides that we were joking something, we said:” Let’s get some big engines. ”
“We felt across the board, we did.”
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Teams have until August 1 to sign their draft players who will receive $ 100,000 this year and the rest of their signing bonus will be postponed over the next two years. The Reds have about $ 8.5 million to spend in their draft pool.
Here’s a look at Red’s Day 2 election:
Christian Roa, RHP, Texas A&M
Ranked # 64 by Baseball America, # 89 by MLB.com, # 34 by Fangraphs
Roa, listed at 6 foot-4, 220 pounds, was on the same staff as No. 4 overall pick Asa Lacy. Roa had a 5.85 ERA in four starts this spring, struck out 35 and walked nine in 20 innings.
Baseball America wrote in his scouting report that Roa throws a four pitch mix with a fastball that can move 96km / h, a plus-change, an above average slider and a solid curve ball. Red sees Roa as a start, even though he has experience with the bull.
Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress said in a video posted on the program’s Twitter that he admired how Roa recovered from a disappointing New Year. “Failure is not an option for the young man in anything he does,” he said.
“There’s a quote: ‘Don’t expect results for the work you haven’t put in,'” Roa said. “So it was something that just stuck with me early on. If you want to succeed, you really have to put in the work. There are no shortcuts in life and there are no excuses you can make if you really want to succeed.”
Roa, who talked to the Reds a couple of weeks ago through Zoom, really improved his draft stock with a strong fall and his first two starts of the 2020 season when he knocked out a combined 22 hitters against Miami (Ohio) and the Army.
Jackson Miller, C, JW Mitchell HS (Florida)
Ranked # 99 by Baseball America, # 104 by MLB.com, # 123 by Fangraphs
Miller, a Wake Forest commitment, is a former shortstop who started catching full time this spring. He caught nine games before his season ended due to the pandemic.
His dad owns a nearby baseball facility used by Major Leaguers like Pete Alonso, Marcus Stroman, Dominic Smith and Joe Hudson. Miller feels that he was given the extra time during the pandemic to work on his own game.
“Being able to get in there and work with the professionals who have gone through it and learned from a bunch of guys who have met at the highest level, I think it really benefited me,” said Miller, a left-hitter. “I really changed my swing during the pandemic. It really helped me a lot.”
Miller, 6 feet, 195 pounds, said the Reds were a team that talked a lot with his advisers, so he knew it was a likely landing spot in the draft. The Reds like his offensive roof, especially for a catcher.
He played a youth tournament once near Cincinnati, and he participated in a game at Great American Ball Park.
“There’s a Skyline Chili in Clearwater,” Miller said. “Actually, my friend who is a Reds fan, he and his dad come from Cincinnati. When he came here he was in love with Skyline Chili, so we used to go there a lot. I’m not a big fan of Skyline Chili, though. I know it can upset some people. ”
Bryce Bonnin, RHP, Texas Tech
Ranked # 102 by Baseball America, # 121 by MLB.com, # 207 by Fangraphs
The Reds were acquainted with Bonnin when he was in high school. He was a 26th round pick of the Chicago Cubs 2017 who lost due to concerns about significance. Bonnin, 21, had a 7.36 ERA over four starts this spring with 27 strikeouts and six walks in 14 2/3 innings.
Despite mixed results in the game, the red are betting on his arm. The 6-1 pitcher can hit 97 mph with his fastball and he throws an 87 mph slider above average.
“He has really good stuff, two plus places sometimes,” Meador said. “He just needs to look up. We feel we can develop him.”
Bonnin, who said he added 15 pounds from training during the pandemic, began his collegiate career in Arkansas. He said he was cut after his New Year’s season after a shoulder injury.
“I had a shoulder injury that Arkansas didn’t think I would recover from,” Bonnin said. “Fortunately, Tech saw that I probably could and that I could land there, rehab falling my second year, and by my second spring I was back to 100%. It was just one of the things I had to overcome.”
Mac Wainwright, OF, St. Edward HS (Ohio)
Unranked by Baseball America and MLB.com, No. 152 by Fangraphs
An Ohio State commitment, Wainwright is young for the draft class at 17 years old. He was sidelined for most of last summer due to a stress fracture in his tibia, which had him in the boot for 12 weeks.
Wainwright was on the Reds’ program list for the East Coast Pro Showcase, a teammate of the first round to pick Austin Hendrick, and played on a team coached by Reds area scout Andy Stack this fall.
“It’s actually pretty impressive how much of a relationship we built,” Wainwright said.
Wainwright, as a recipient of the football team, received some offers from MAC schools. He has a large frame of 6-1, 215 pounds, which is highlighted by his powerful swing and strong arm.
“A guy we feel good about with makeup and know what we’re getting, who will put in the work,” Meador said. “We think we can hit him big.”
Joe Boyle, RHP, Notre Dame
Ranked # 101 by Baseball America, # 165 by MLB.com, # 186 by Fangraphs
The first thing people will notice about Boyle is his size: 6-7, 240. Then it’s his fastball, which sits in the upper 90s and has reached 102 km / h. He throws a solid slider, but he has some command problem from the bull.
In 36 innings at Notre Dame, he struck out 57 and walked 48 with a 6.00 ERA.
“We’ve seen him a bunch,” Meador said. “The best days are ahead of him. We just want to hand him over to our pitch development and see what they can come up with.”
The Reds were impressed by Boyle’s performance in the Cape Cod League last summer. Boyle, a native of Goshen, Kentucky, had a 1.93 ERA in 10 appearances, struck out 28 and walked 12 in 14 innings.
Mac Wainwright, the Cincinnati Reds’ fourth-round draft pick, said he wants to be a role model for young black baseball players.