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The Draft: Current Reds scouting reports

As the 2012 MLB Draft approaches, we eagerly anticipate scouting reports on players the Reds might select. Have you, however, wondered what scouts thought about some players currently on Cincinnati’s roster?

Here’s a look at some reports on three players compiled from various sources. To add to the overwhelming titillating suspense, the name of the player will be at the end of his report:

1. Possessing a large, strong frame, his body type is similar to that of Darren Fletcher. He has a fluid uppercut swing and is an aggressive hitter who attacks the ball. He has starred against older competition. Defensively, he blocks the plate and catches the ball well. Ranked by Baseball America as the 44th-best prospect in available, he has a strong, loose arm and a good throwing action. At 18 he is an impressive physical specimen and hard worker, he could be a starter on the Olympic team. Able to dunk a basketball, he is the point guard on his team. He has worked with major leaguers Pete Orr and John Suomi to improve his game. – The player? Joey Votto.

2. A rarity in this year’s draft, he is a college player with ability in the field and at the plate, although his glove is ahead of his bat. Consistent and a hard worker, one scout called him a “manager’s dream.” An above-average defender with solid range and ability to make a play in the hole, he draws comparisons to Adam Everett. He is a solid-average runner and has the best hands of any player at his position in this year’s draft. A dead-pull hitter with bat speed and gap power, he has trouble with pitches on the outer half of the plate. At least a major league backup because of his glove, how well he hits will determine how far he goes. He profiles at best as a No. 2 hitter, at worst as a bottom of the order bench bat. – The player? Zack Cozart.

3. A standout defender who made just three errors in 52 games, he features a strong arm (clocked at 93 mph off the mound), soft hands and solid range. His first two college seasons, he hit just .296 with six home runs, then followed up with a .105 batting average last summer for Team USA. This season, though, he has nine homers and is batting .358, the result of a change in approach to use the whole field. His stroke still is a bit long and he could stand to get stronger, but could go as high as the third round to a team that thinks he’ll hit enough. Lean and slender with sloped shoulders, he is fundamentally sound and won’t have to change positions. He has excellent instincts in the field and makes all the plays. He’ll go as far as his bat can take him. – The player? Paul Janish.

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