Draft Rounds 21-30

In recent years Cincinnati has been able to bolster their drafts by adding early round talent with late round picks and persuading them to forego college opportunities. There are two Florida prospects picked in their twenty-plus rounds that are candidates for that this year.

As the draft rounds continued into the twenties, Cincinnati added a mix of three NCAA players, five high school prospects and a couple of JUCO outfielders to their list. It appears they will go after a couple of high school studs in Florida who were not taken earlier because of plans to stay in the Sunshine State and play collegiately.

21st Round, 645th overall selection: Eric Dorsch, 6'7'/234# RHP, Kent St. The big right-hander kept a 3.64 ERA this season in 24 appearances out of the Golden Flash bullpen. While in college he was redshirted and played only two seasons, compiling a 3.15 ernie in 2012 and has an option to return for up to two more years in college. He walked 24 in 32 innings and may consider that option to show improved command and improve his stock before a future draft.

22nd Round, 675th overall selection: Layne Somsen, 6'0"/190# RHP, South Dakota St. After missing two seasons from Tommy John surgery Somsen kept a sub-two ERA for the Jackrabbits this season while leading them in innings pitched and held hitters to a .196 batting average. He showed great command with a K/BB ratio of 91/30 over 91 innings. He brings a low-90's fastball and good slider.

23rd Round, 705th overall selection: Narciso Crook, 6'3"/200# RF, Gloucester County (NJ) College. Crook is a good athlete but his skills are still a bit raw because he didn't start playing the game until he was a teenager. He helped his team to a NJCAA Division III World Series title by batting .378 with fourteen home runs in 52 games including four homers in one of them. 24th Round, 735th overall selection: Brett Morales, 6'0"/193# RHP, King (FL) High School. The Reds decided to try to pull a fast one when they saw Morales still waiting when they made this selection. He was projected to go early but a commitment to the University of Florida prevented his name from being called sooner. While in high school he played multiple positions before becoming a full time pitcher as a junior. The mound turned out to be a good place for him and he kept a sub-one ERA against Florida high schools that season. He's got a smooth delivery that produces a low 90's fastball and exceptional changeup. Cincinnati will have to reach deep into their pocket to get this prospect but if they can persuade Morales to forego his college opportunity they will land second/third round talent with this late pick.

25th Round, 765th overall selection: Eduardo (E.J.) Garcia, 5'11"/180# RHP, Alexander (TX) High School. His fastball has cracked 90 and he also throws a slider, curve, and changeup. He hit .495 his senior season and led his team in pitching appearances with nine, going 4-0/2.77. Prior to the season he signed a commitment to stay close to home and attend Texas Pan-American.

26th Round, 795th overall selection: Eli White, 6'2"/175# SS, Wren (SC) High School. White is a slick-fielding shortstop with a strong arm. He hit .418 his senior season with six home runs and could potentially add power as his body matures. The Reds will now be competing with Clemson University for his services.

27th Round, 825th overall selection: Zack Collins, 6'2"/210# C, American Heritage School (FL). Even though the Reds had already selected three catchers previously in the draft they decided to make a run at Collins who is another early round talent that waited a long time to hear his name called because of sign-ability concerns. Atop his resume right now is offense with potential to hit for both average and power. Though he has some skills behind the plate there are some questions on his ability to stick there. His left-handed bat will ensure that he sticks somewhere for a while. If the Reds get their way they won't be winning any popularity contests in Coral Gables, FL. Like their fourteenth round selection Willie Abreu, Collins has also signed a commitment to play at the University of Miami.

28th Round, 855th overall selection: Carter Austin, 6'6"/220# 1B, Maine-Endell (NY) High School. Northeastern prospects typically don't get as much opportunity to play, and therefore less exposure, than students in the south. The left-handed hitting Austin batted .425 his senior year with five homers in 18 games. He also took the mound a few times and with a 0.61 ERA while throwing 27 innings in his high school career. If he doesn't work out a deal with the Reds he appears Bucknell-bound.

29th Round, 885th overall selection: Alex Greer, 6'0"/185# CF, Iowa Western Community College. In 1969 this round for Cincinnati eventually contributed Ken Griffey Jr. to the Big Red Machine. Greer has good speed and slashed a line of .402 AVG/.482 OB/.688 SLG with five homers and 21 stolen bases in 38 junior college games this year earning him a spot on the Junior College All American third team. 30th Round, 915th overall selection: Taylor Terrasas, 5'10"/185 3B, Louisiana Tech. Tarrases was previously picked by the Cardinals out of high school at the tail end of the 09 draft. Instead he went to La Tech and hung around to play a senior season. He led the Bulldogs with a .292 AVG/.356 OB. As his frame would suggest he doesn't hit for much power and had nary a single home run this season. His average came down from the .340 he put up as a junior prior to going undrafted a year ago.

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A walk-off homer by Jay Bruce in the tenth inning gave Cincinnati a 4-3 victory over visiting Milwaukee. The Reds scored early when Shin-soo Choo led off the first with a double before scoring on an RBI-single from Brandon Phillips and added on in the next frame from a Brewer error that followed a couple of leadoff singles by Zach Cozart and Ryan Hanigan. They regained the lead in the sixth when a Jack Hannahan plated a run that was aided by a throwing error when Todd Frazier stole second base. Hanigan finished with two of the seven Reds hits while Choo and Bruce both drew a walk to go with one hit each. Bronson Arroyo navigated around twelve hits to hold the Brewers to three runs (two earned) over seven-plus innings. Aroldis Chapman and Alfredo Simon both tossed a scoreless inning at the end with Chapman notching his standard two strikeouts and Simon getting the win.

Louisville made up for Thursday's rainout with a doubleheader at Norfolk and finished the day with a sweep, winning 5-3 and 1-0. Billy Hamilton led off the first game with a bunt single and stolen base before crossing the plate from an RBI-hit from Henry Rodriguez. The Bats retook the lead in the third when back-to-back doubles by Mike Hessman and Denis Phipps plated three. Corky Miller added some insurance in the sixth with an RBI-double. Phipps and Miller both had two of their team's nine hits with Miller also drawing a walk. Daniel Corcino picked up the win by allowing three runs on three hits and three walks over five innings while striking out four. Yohan Pino tossed the last two frames without a run for the save.

The second game was a real pitcher's duel. Louisville got only one hit against Jair Jurrjens, but it was enough for a 1-0 win. Armando Galarraga got the win for five shutout innings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out five. MLB veteran Zack Duke made his Louisville debut and tossed a scoreless seventh inning for the save.

Pensacola was the only Reds affiliate to lose on Friday, falling 3-1 to visiting Mobile. Devin Lohman had two of the Wahoos' six hits and drove in their only run. Ryan Dennick got a loss from a nice outing, allowing two runs on six hits over seven innings while striking out eight against only one walk.

A four-run rally in the sixth inning gave Bakersfield a lead and they held on for a 5-3 win at Modesto. The Blaze put their first run across in the fourth when Yorman Rodriguez led off with a single and scored on a Juan Silverio hit. Rodriguez got things started again in the sixth with a leadoff walk and scored on an RBI-single from Steve Selksy. Later that inning a bases-loaded double by Silverio plated two. Selsky and Silverio both had two of their team's six hit with Selsky also reaching from a walk. Rodriguez reached from a hit and a walk. James Allen got the win from allowing two runs off five hits and two walks over seven innings that included four strikeouts. Pat Doyle allowed a run over the last two innings and got the save.

A two-out rally in the sixth inning gave Dayton five runs in their 7-4 win at South Bend. Jesse Winker plated their first runs with a two-run home run and Junior Arias added a three-run homer later that inning. The Dragons added some insurance from a pair of doubles by Zach Vincej and Sammy Diaz in the seventh and a Seth Mejias-Brean homer leading off the eighth. Diaz was no stranger on the base paths with three hits and a walk in his first game with Dayton this season. Mejias-Brean finished with two hits while Winker and Arias both reached twice via a hit and a walk. Nick Travieso got his first win of the year by allowing only one run off four hits in five innings pitched. Sean Lucas entered in time to retire the final batter of the game and pick up the save.


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