Day 2 special for Reds scouting director
Buckley drafts son with 205th pick; outfielder Rosa found at No. 84
CINCINNATI -- Reds senior director of amateur scouting Chris Buckley has been tracking the progress of his sixth-round pick longer than he has for any other player.It has taken 21 years, but Buckley was finally able to select his son, Sean, with the 205th overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday. Sean, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound third baseman, hit .362 with a team-high 10 home runs for St. Petersburg (Fla.) College this season. "I do know the sixth-round pick pretty good," Chris said late Tuesday night. "I know his mom well, too. It was very exciting." Live coverage of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft resumes at noon ET on Wednesday on MLB.com, where fans will receive exclusive coverage of Day 3, featuring a live pick-by-pick stream, expert commentary and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player. You can also keep up to date at Draft Central and by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.
Chris said he actually felt apprehensive about making the selection, worried some would view the pick as nepotism. But several scouts and crosscheckers for the Reds had also seen Sean, a 29th-round pick of the Cubs in 2008."It wasn't the father-son," Chris said. "We had a number of guys see him and they wanted to do it. At first, I was hoping he would be drafted by a different team. But our guys kept telling me I was being too tough on him." Two rounds later, Chris added one of Sean's St. Petersburg teammates in Jon Matthews, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound center fielder.
"It's good for both of them because they know each other and just lived with each other and played ball all spring together," Chris said.Sean and Matthews were just two of 29 selections made by the Reds on Day 2 of the Draft, which started for the Reds where the last one left off: a high-ceiling prep player. With the 84th overall pick, Cincinnati selected Gabriel Rosa, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound outfielder from Colegio Hector Urdaneta in Puerto Rico. Rosa is raw but has been praised by Baseball America for his speed and power potential. He played third base in high school but was drafted by the Reds as an outfielder. The selection of Rosa comes one day after Cincinnati picked prep pitcher Robert Stephenson with the 27th overall selection in the first round of the Draft. In the third round, the Reds selected Tony Cingrani, a closer from Rice University. Cingrani struggled in 2010 and even contemplated giving up baseball, but a change in mechanics and a move to the closer role ignited a turnaround. Cingrani recorded 12 saves and had a 1.74 ERA for the Owls. "He was another one of the gut-feel guys," Buckley said. "A gut-feel guy is one that the area scout really wants and has a good feel for. We're very excited to get him." Cincinnati added another pitcher in the fourth round, taking Kyle McMyne of Villanova. McMyne was 4-8 in 14 starts, but based on his 6-foot, 212-pound frame, McMyne projects as a reliever at the next level. The Reds selected Louisville power hitter Ryan Wright in the fifth round. Wright, who has played five positions with the Cardinals, was selected as a second baseman. Playing for the Collegiate National Team with USA Baseball last summer, Wright hit .362 with two home runs, three doubles and one triple. A look at all of the Reds' Day 2 selections:
Rosa is raw but is considered the best position-player prospect from Puerto Rico in this year's Draft. A Bethune-Cookman commitment, Rosa is tall (6-foot-4) and rangy with speed and power potential, according to Baseball America. He played third base at the International Baseball Academy, but the Reds drafted him as a center fielder.
Cingrani, a Rice senior, moved into the closer role for the Owls three weeks into this season and thrived, recording 12 saves with a 1.74 ERA while striking out 10.4 per nine innings. His stock rose after retooling his mechanics before this season and watched his fastball jump to the mid-90s.
McMyne is a 5-foot-11, 220-pound pitcher out of Villanova. He was 4-8 in 14 starts as a junior last year, but his short, stocky frame projects as a reliever.
Wright, a junior from Louisville, hit .361 with two homers, three doubles and a triple while playing for the USA Collegiate National Team last summer. He has played five positions but was drafted as a second baseman.
A 29th-round pick by the Cubs in 2008, Buckley hit .362 with 10 home runs for St. Petersburg Junior College this past season.
Seventh-round pick James Allen recorded 17 saves in 29 appearances as a junior at Kansas State this season. The Wildcats' season ended in the NCAA Regionals on Saturday.
Eighth-round pick Jon Matthews is teammates with Buckley at St. Petersburg Junior College. He hit .344 with six home runs this season.
Ninth-round pick Cole Green, a senior at Texas, was the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year last season, and he went 7-3 with a 3.12 ERA this year.
10th-round pick Brooks Pinckard was an 18th-round selection of the Cubs last season but elected to return to Baylor for his senior year. He hit .295 as an outfielder but was drafted as a reliever. He was 5-3 with a 3.57 ERA.
11th-round pick Vaughn Covington, a right-handed pitcher from British Columbia, is coming off Tommy John surgery. His fastball occasionally hit the mid-90s when he was healthy, but the pitch sits in the 90-92 range.
12th-round pick Joe Serrano was drafted as a shortstop and hit .531 with 10 home runs in 28 regular-season games for Salpointe Catholic in Arizona. He signed a letter of intent to play for Arkansas.
13th-round pick Nick Fleece posted 1.55 ERA in 40 2/3 innings of relief for Texas A&M this season. He struck out 30 and walked eight.
14th-round pick Ryan Kemp played outfield and served as a reliever for St. Joseph's as a junior this season. He was drafted as a pitcher, and he had a 3.14 ERA in 25 relief appearances.
15th-round pick Will Dorton is a right-handed pitcher from Lugoff-Elgin (S.C.) High. He also served as the school's quarterback.
16th-round pick Conor Costello has signed to play for Arkansas. He hit .373 with five homers to lead Edmond Santa Fe (Okla.) High to the state semifinals this year.
17th-round pick Morgan Phillips, a shortstop from Frederick Douglas Academy, is committed to play for the College of Charleston. He is listed at 6-foot-1, 192 pounds.
18th-round pick Jimmy Moran was 4-1 with a 3.91 ERA coming out of the bullpen for South Florida this year. His father, also named Jim, was an MLB scout for 17 years.
19th-round pick Chris Joyce was named the Southern Cal Pitcher of the Year this season after going 7-1 with a 2.04 ERA and 114 strikeouts at Santa Barbara City College.
20th-round pick Dan Jensen is 6-foot-8 and played ball for the Cincinnati Bearcats, where he led the team with a 3.11 ERA. The school's campus is about a 10-minute drive from Great American Ball Park.
21st-round pick Carlos Gonzalez was 1-4 with a 5.36 ERA for Cal State Northridge this season. If a movie were made about his life, Morgan Freeman would be the star, according to the school's website.
22nd-round pick Amir Garrett is committed to play basketball at St. John's. He was drafted as a pitcher and goes to Findlay Prep, where he was ranked the No. 68 hoops prospect in the nation by Rivals.com.
23rd-round pick Salvatore Romano has signed a letter of intent to play at Tennessee. He is not related to Salvatore Romano, the former senior art director at Sterling Cooper in the fictional drama "Mad Men."
24th-round pick Nick O'Shea was an All-Big Ten first baseman at Minnesota. He hit .299 and led the team with seven home runs as a senior this year.
25th-round pick Justice French went 6-2 with a 3.26 ERA for Mercer this year. Opponents hit .287 off him and he struck out 6.6 batters per nine innings.
26th-round pick Juan Perez was the Western State, South Division, Conference Player of the Year while playing second base for College of the Canyons. He was second in the conference with a .400 average in 135 at-bats.
27th-round pick Taylor Wrenn hit .341 in 85 at-bats for the University of Tampa. He has played for three schools in three years.
28th-round pick Yordonys Perez is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound first baseman from Cuba. He is 27 years old.
29th-round pick Dariel Delgado is a 6-foot, 180-pound pitcher from Cuba. He will turn 18 in August.
30th-round pick Joe Terry hit .257 in 74 at-bats for Cal State Fullerton this year. He underwent surgery on April 26 after suffering injury to the hamate bone in his right wrist.
Tyler Jett is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.