Reds draft picks – Monday
*With the 49th overall pick in the compensation round of the First-Year Player Draft, the Reds selected left-handed hitting corner OF Jesse Winker. He is from Olympia High School and hails from Windemere, Fla. He is compensation for the loss of free agent Ramon Hernandez.
According to MLB Network, the 18-year-old Winker is 6-3, 200 pounds. He batted .488 in 30 games with 19 extra base hits. Here is what MLB.com’s scouting report says:
“Any team interested in Winker on Draft day will be buying the bat. If his career as an amateur is any indication, it will be worth purchasing.Winker has an advanced idea at the plate, with a terrific approach from the left side. He can hit the ball hard to all fields, with power to the pull side now with more to come. He is the type of left-handed hitter easy to project as a run-producer in the future.Winker doesn’t run particularly well and might be limited to left field or first base down the road. He does have a decent enough arm for a corner outfield spot and should hit enough for either position, a reason why some team will try to keep him from honoring that commitment to Florida.”
*With the 57th overall pick, compensation for Francisco Cordero’s defection, the Reds took another OF — Jeff Gelalich from UCLA. The 21-year-old is 6-1, 205. In 59 games, he is batting .372 with 11 homers, 46 RBIs and a .462 OBP. Here is the MLB.com scouting report:
“This UCLA outfielder has picked a very good time to figure things out at the plate, allowing him to shoot up Draft boards. An inconsistent performer in the past, Gelalich has done nothing but hit in his junior season. He makes consistent hard contact and he’s starting to grow into what could be Major League average power. While Gelalich will still strik eout some, he’s become much more selective at the plate. A plus runner, he’s a threat to steal. He’s also improved defensively in terms of his reads and routes to go along with a solid-average arm. College hitters who perform tend to move up as the Draft approaches, and that’s certainly happened with Gelalich, who is now seen as a potential everyday outfielder at the next level.”
Look soon for a story on both players on MLB.com.
*Here is my story on the Reds first-round pick (No. 14 overall) RHP Nick Travieso.