Reds select RHP Nick Howard with 19th pick in MLB draft

The Reds opt for another power arm for their future staff.

With the 19th overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Cincinnati Reds took RHP Nick Howard out of the University of Virginia.

Howard, a 6'3" 215 lb 21 year-old, has spent time as both a starting pitcher and a closer for the Cavaliers, and while his repertoire as a reliever already projects as one that would be successful at the Major League level, there's no way the Reds would have drafted him this early unless they were convinced he could develop into a future starting pitcher.  Howard did not start a single game in 2014, however, though he was dominant as a reliever going 2-1 with a 2.15 ERA, .184 batting average against, 19 saves, and 50 strikeouts in just 29 IP.

There seems to be a general consensus that this was a safe pick, as Howard has a clean delivery, an electric fastball that touched 98 mph as a reliever, and very little wear and tear on his arm.  Considering it's a bit of an overdraft, there's a decent likelihood he was selected with an under-slot signing in mind in order for the Reds to put that saved money towards over-drafting a player with pick #29.

As for where Howard was ranked before the draft:

Want to know what MLB.com has to say about Howard?  Well, here you go.


Stay tuned for additional updates, quotes, and reactions to the newest Reds draftee.  Virginia is still alive in the College World Series, too, so you'll be able to tune in and see him pitch in the coming days.


X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Red Reporter

You must be a member of Red Reporter to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Red Reporter. You should read them.

Join Red Reporter

You must be a member of Red Reporter to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Red Reporter. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker