Reds go for pitching on Draft's Day 2
Right-handed arms a big draw for Cincinnati in late rounds
CINCINNATI -- The Reds continued their trend of taking right-handed pitchers and players from the collegiate ranks on Day 2 of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft.
Of Cincinnati's 44 second-day selections, 18 were right-handed pitchers, bringing the Reds' two-day total to 21. They selected right-handed pitchers with their third-, fourth- and fifth-round picks on Thursday.
"The depth of any Draft is right-handed pitching," said Chris Buckley, the Reds' senior director of scouting. "We just want the best players."
The Reds chose four consecutive right-handed pitchers twice, first from rounds 23-26 and again in rounds 29-32. Add to that nine left-handed pitchers, and 30 of the Reds' 49 picks in the Draft were pitchers. The club selected 31 pitchers last year.
The 36 collegiate players drafted marked the most under Buckley, who has shown a tendency in his two previous Drafts to drift toward college players. In 2006, 34 of the 50 picks were from colleges, and 32 of the 50 in '07.
The only third baseman taken was Emory University's Frank Pfister, who was selected in the 17th round. Taylor Wren, a 33rd-round pick from Lakeland (Fla.) Senior High School, was the only second baseman taken.
After taking first baseman Yonder Alonso with the No. 7 overall pick, Cincinnati took just one other first baseman in the University of Albany's Michael Konstanty -- a 39th-round selection.
The Reds chose one local commodity in Tyler Stovall, a right fielder from Central Michigan University. Stovall, a 20th-round selection, attended Moeller High before Central Michigan, where he just finished his junior year.
Cincinnati also selected West Virginia quarterback and former Heisman Trophy candidate Pat White in the 49th round. White was a fourth-round selection in 2004 by the Angels, but he chose to pursue football instead.
Brandan Harris is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.