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MLB Reacts: Grading the Cincinnati Reds draft

The Reds added 6 new players to their system. How’d they do?

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The immediate future of MLB couldn’t be more in question. However, attention around the league, at least momentarily, turned to the game’s next wave at the MLB Draft.

Reds fans, specifically, are excited for what is to come. Nearly 90 percent of Reds fans gave the team an A or B-grade for their first-round selection of outfielder Austin Hendrick out of West Allegheny high school in Pennsylvania. Cincinnati selected the lefty with the 12th pick in the first round.

The Reds made six selections during the truncated five-round draft, selecting two outfielders, one catcher and three pitchers.

As a class, 50 percent of Reds fans gave the team a B.

Despite the excitement now, most fans don’t think any of the newly-drafted players will make an impact on the big-league team for a few seasons. More than 90 percent of fans don’t expect a player to break through until at least next season – assuming there is a 2020 season – with the highest percentage looking to 2022.

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