Reds draft area high school graduate in ninth round

Updated June 06, 2018
  • By Dave Jablonski
  • Staff Writer
Mason High School senior pitcher Andrew McDonald pitches against Ross in a Division 1 sectional final game in 2013. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY PAT STRANG

The Cincinnati Reds made eight more picks on the second day of the Major League Baseball draft Tuesday, adding five pitchers, including Mason High School graduate Andrew McDonald.

“We got a lot of pitching today,” said Chris Buckley, the Reds’ vice president of amateur scouting. “Usually as you get a little deeper, a lot more of those guys seem to wind up in the bullpen, but we think some of this group has a chance to start, so we tried to round it out and be balanced.”

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Third round, No. 82 pick: Brenden Spillane, right fielder, University of Illinois.

Spillane was the Big Ten Player of the year and led the nation in slugging percentage (.903).

“He and (top pick) Jonathan India were both conference players of the year,” Buckley said. “Very athletic kid. We’ve seen him play the outfield and third base. Definitely athletic enough to stay in the outfield at either right or left.”

Fourth round, No. 109: Mike Siani, center fielder, William Penn Charter School.

Fifth round, No. 139: Ryan Campbell, right-handed pitcher, Illinois-Chicago.

Sixth round, No. 169: Yomil Maysonet, right-handed pitcher, PJ Education School (Puerto Rico).

“We’ve seen a bit of him,” Buckley said. “He’s been one of (Puerto Rico’s) more high-profile guys. Big guy, good arm. Breaking stuff has improve.”

Seventh round, No. 199: Jay Schuyler, catcher, University of San Diego.

Eighth round, No. 229: Matt Pidich, right-handed pitcher, University of Pittsburgh.

Ninth round, No. 259: Andrew McDonald, right-handed pitcher, Virginia Tech.

“He came to our workout and was quite impressive the other day,” Buckley said.

Tenth round, No. 289: A.J. Moore, right-handed pitcher, Kennesaw State.