Pitchers galore for Reds in day two of the MLB draft

Pitchers galore for Reds in day two of the MLB draft

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - After choosing three position players with the organization's top three picks in the 2016 MLB Draft, the Reds are working on bolstering their minor league pitching depth on day two.

The Reds have selected five straight pitchers in rounds 3-7.

Third Round

Cincinnati tabbed Minnesota high school pitcher Nick Hanson with the 79th overall pick. Hanson was Minnesota's Gatorade State Player of the Year.

The 6'5" righty's fastball sits between 88-92 mph and in some starts 91-94, according to MLB Pipeline. Hanson pairs his fast with a power curveball that could be a plus pitch, but struggles with command.

Hanson was ranked as the 112th best prospect by MLB Pipeline. Hanson has committed to the University of Kentucky.

Fourth Round

The Reds went back to the college ranks by selecting University of Florida pitcher Scott Moss. Moss' 6'5" frame had scouts interested early in the left-hander but he missed his first two seasons with the Gators after Tommy John surgery.

Moss was used sparingly this season for Florida but came up big with six shutout innings in the SEC semifinal.

MLB Pipeline ranks Moss as the 191st best prospect but acknowledges that, if healthy, the Reds could have a draft bargain.

Fifth Round

The run on pitchers continued with the 138th overall pick of the draft when the Reds selected Ryan Hendrix out of Texas A&M.

Hendrix's numbers became exceptional once he went to the bullpen for the Aggies his sophomore season. The righty's velocity, and consequently performance, dropped off as this season went along.

MLB Pipeline said Hendrix's fastball sat between 94-96 mph, but during his slump, his fastball dropped to 92-94. Scouts rate Hendrix's curveball as one of the best in the draft.

He is expected to remain a reliever in pro ball.

Hendrix is ranked as the 163rd best prospect according to MLB Pipeline

Sixth Round

The Reds went back to the high school ranks with the 168th pick of the draft. Scouts believe that 18-year-old Tyler Mondile has one of the best pure arms in the draft.

At only 6'2" and 175 pounds, Mondile can get his fastball up to 95 mph. He also has a curveball and changeup.

Mondile is committed to Florida State.

Seventh Round

Reds selected University of Tennessee lefty, Andy Cox, with the 198th pick. In his four years with the Volunteers, Cox had a 4.33 era in 91 appearances.

Cox's numbers jumped from his junior to senior seasons. The lefty posted a 3.36 era his junior year, opposed to an inflated 6.72 era his senior season.

Eighth Round

After drafting five straight pitchers, the Reds selected Florida State second baseman John Sansone. Sansone exploded his senior season hitting .374 with a .459 on-base percentage, nine home runs and 65 RBIs.

The 5'11" infielder was previously drafted in the 39th round by the Detroit Tigers in 2012.

Ninth Round

The Reds drafted University of British of Columbia pitcher Alex Wood with the 258th pick.

Wood dominated the NAIA in his senior season with a 10-1 record and an 1.38 era. The 6'3" righty struck out 115 batters in 104.1 total innings.

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