Reds, Nick Travieso Close to Deal

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The Cincinnati Reds are "pretty close" to completing a deal with first round draft pick Nick Travieso, reports Mark Sheldon of MLB.com.

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told Sheldon that the team expects to come to an agreement with the 14th overall pick sometime this week. Travieso has a commitment to the University of Miami, but the right-hander is reportedly eager to sign professionally.

Travieso, a 6' 3" right-hander out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, went 8-1 with a 0.76 ERA for Archbishop McCarthy High School this year, striking out 100 and walking only 17 in 65 innings. His fastball frequently clocked between 93-95mph, the young power pitcher was ranked 40th in Baseball America's draft preview and has drawn comparisons to San Francisco's Matt Cain.

Though no numbers have been released as of yet, the recommended bonus slot for a 14th pick is $2.375 million. Travieso has yet to come to Cincinnati to undergo a physical but the Reds expect him to do so very soon.

This is what Red Reporter's own draft expert Thundering Turtle had to say regarding Travieso in his draft recap:

The more I hear and read, the more I like. I also trust Buckley. While I might have preferred rolling the dice on HS RHP Lucas Giolito or Clemson 3B Richie Shaffer, I like the upside of this pick more than the safety of the handful of college pitchers available. Travieso will take some time to develop. He needs to develop a third pitch and Mario Soto teaching him a changeup to go with his already potent fastball-slider combination could mean big things for this kid and the Reds.

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