If you’ve spent any time in the run-up to the 2019 MLB Draft, you’ve probably seen that there’s almost a consensus regarding the players set to be taken with the first handful of picks. There’s a common theme among those players, too - they’re all position players.
Adley Rutschman, the stud catcher from Oregon State, appears to be the nearly unanimous choice to go #1 overall, with the likes of Bobby Witt, Jr., Andrew Vaughn, J.J. Bleday, Riley Greene, and C.J. Abrams all figuring into the mix at the top of this year’s 1st round. Of course, some quick finger-counting shows six names listed there, while the Cincinnati Reds hold the #7 pick in this year’s 1st round.
There’s a very good likelihood that if any of those six bats fall to the Reds, they’d use their selection on one of them. That said, if the dominoes do fall in predictable fashion, the Reds might well end up going with a pitcher at #7 overall, a scenario that’s seen as quite likely by most every mock draft out there.
That brings us to LHP Nick Lodolo, who has been connected to the Reds at #7 for the reasons listed above. The lanky 6’6” Texas Christian University product has posted a 2.18 ERA in 91.0 IP for the Horned Frogs this season, with an impressive 113/19 K/BB in the process. And since you’re probably interested in more details regarding a player who might well end up a big part of the Reds future, here are a handful of scouting reports on him that go into much, much greater detail.