Reds Picked High School Catcher Tyler Stephenson As 11th Selection Overall In MLB Draft
CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds have selected catcher Tyler Stephenson of Kennesaw Mountain High School (Marietta, Ga.) with the team's first pick -- 11th overall -- in the 2015 MLB Draft Monday night, June 8.
Stephenson, 18, was rated by Baseball America and MLB.com as the best catcher in this year's draft, the 15th-best prospect overall. This spring he hit .415 with 8 HR and 25 RBI for KMHS. Stephenson is the fifth catcher taken by the Reds in the draft's first round, joining Dan LaMar (20th pick in 1979), Dan Wilson (7th in 1990), Devin Mesoraco (15th in 2007) and Yasmani Grandal (12th in 2010).
You can watch a video of Stephenson (below) on YouTube which was posted by FanGraphs.
The Reds also have selected RHP Antonio Santillan (6-3, 210) from Seguin High School (Arlington, Texas) with the team's second pick (49th overall) of the 2015 first-year player draft, followed by senior RHP Tanner Rainey (6-3, 215) from the University of West Alabama (hometown Folsom, Louisana) in Competitive Balance Round B (71st overall).
Santillan, 18, is a Perfect Game first-team All-America selection and member of the Texas All-Region first team. Rainey, 22, last season for UWA went 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA and 9 saves in 26 apps (28ip, 11h, 14bb, 50k).