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

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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.

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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.