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UPDATE at 10:21 pm: Still no deal…
“We’re hopeful but we can’t tell if it’s going to happen or not,” Reds director of amateur scouting Chris Buckley said. “‘Cautiously optimistic’ is the phrase.”
And in case you’re wondering, LHP Jeremy Sowers in 2001 was the last Reds first round pick to not sign. He went to college and eventually signed as a first-round pick of the Indians.
It’s getting down to the zero hour before the 12:01 am ET deadline to sign 2011 top draft pick RHP Robert Stephenson.
As of right now, a deal does not appear to be close with the 27th overall selection.
“If we sign him, it won’t be until later,” Reds GM Walt Jocketty said. “Hopefully, we’ll get it done. Right now, we just don’t know. We haven’t gotten any positive sign from their side.”
A team that does not sign its first- or second-round pick will receive a compensatory pick in the 2012 Draft. That selection will come at the same slot, plus one spot.
Stephenson has a contingency plan since he is enrolled to play for the Univ. of Washington. Either way, I will let update you when I hear something later tonight.
*In other news, Jay Bruce was named the NL Player of the Week. Here is a portion from the MLB press release:
In seven games last week, Bruce led baseball with 15 RBI, a 1.120 slugging percentage and 28 total bases, and tied for the Major League-lead with five home runs and nine runs scored. The 24-year-old collected the second-most hits among National Leaguers while his .440 (11-for-25) batting average ranked third and his .481 on-base percentage ranked fourth. Bruce had five multi-hit performances on the week, including four multi-RBI efforts.
*Also, I’d like to thank Barry Bloom for covering the Reds during the home stand and staying on top of everything while I was on vacation.
With the 27th overall selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, the Reds picked right-handed pitcher Robert Stephenson from Alhambra High School in Martinez, Calif.
If you would like to see some video of Stephenson, click here
Stephenson, 18, is the first high school player to be taken by Cincinnati since catcher Devin Mesoraco in 2007. He’s the first high school pitcher taken by the team since Homer Bailey in 2004.
At 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Stephenson is considered a power pitcher that, according to reports, can reach 97 mph with his fastball. He also has a commitment to the Univ. of Washington.
“We’re very excited to have Robert,” Reds scouting director Chris Buckley said. “He’s an outstanding high school projection pitcher with a very loose, live arm. We saw him as high as 98 [mph] this year. He’s going to fill out, get stronger.”
During his senior season, Stephenson threw two no-hitters and posted a 1.19 ERA in 76 1/3 innings.
“I saw him pitch three times this year,” Buckley said. “To get him in the first round, we obviously liked him a lot. He’s got very good upside, good projection to his frame. He throws hard now. He should throw a little harder as most high school kids do as they get bigger and stronger. We’re real excited to have him.”