select their next Cy Young winner/MVP/Batting Champion/Chad Mattola today. The draft begins at 7 p.m., but we won't wait that long to take a look at what might happen. Predicting who Cincinnati will select at Nos. 27 and 38 is a crapshoot of monumental proportions considering there is not consensus as to who Houston will take at No. 1.
Baseball America projects the Reds to draft Samford CF Phillip Ervin, one of the more interesting position players available. Ervin is a tale of two prospects. Somewhat injury prone having torn knee ligaments in high school and spraining an ankle this spring, Ervin wasn't drafted out of high school. Some scouts doubt the undersized (5-foot-10, 205 pounds) junior can stick in center and project him to move to LF, while others see him as a solid-average CFer.Samford isn't exactly North Carolina, but plays in an underrated Southern Conference and Ervin has performed well against Southeastern Conference competition and is a three-time all SoCon selection.
Ervin, though, has plenty of qualities to like. Several scouts consider Ervin, 20, not only as a safe bet, but a sure thing. He has enough speed for CF and enough arm (he pitched 7 innings this season) to handle RF. A native of Leroy, Ala., Ervin has few holes in his compact swing and above average raw power. Ervin, a sociology major, could be a fine combination of power and average, as his 11-40-.337/.459/.557 line this season suggests. His speed plays better defensively than on the bases. A hard-working, confident player with excellent makeup, Ervin is a favorite of scouts who value work ethic.
Throughout the day, we'll take a look at more potential Reds picks and other draft-day tidbits. Here's hoping you'll join in and enjoy the fun that awaits.