Reds take Ervin in First Round

With the 27th pick in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Reds took center fielder Phillip Ervin out of Samford University.

As a junior this season, Ervin batted .337 with 11 home runs, 14 doubles and 40 RBIs. He also scored 58 runs and converted on 21 out of 23 steal attempts.

The 20-year-old right-hander performed well for the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League last summer, batting .323 with 31 RBIs, 29 runs scored and 10 stolen bases, all of which led the team. Ervin was named the league’s Most Valuable Player, as he helped lead the Mariners to the Eastern Divison Championship.

The slot value assigned to the 27th pick is $1,812,500. … but the club and player can negotiate another figure. Ervin is represented by agent Michael Moye.

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