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Posts Tagged ‘First-Year Player Draft.’

Reds acquire 1B/3B Mills from Indians in minor league trade

 

The Cleveland Indians expected a great deal out of Beau Mills, but that is usually the case with a  First-round Draft pick. After all, he was the 13th overall pick of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. The first baseman/third baseman’s play didn’t satisfy the front office, so he has been dealt to MLB team in southwest Ohio.

Beau Mills (courtesy of Columbus Clippers)

Cleveland traded Mills to Cincinnati in exchange for cash in a Minor League deal on Thursday, June 21.  Mills has been assigned to Double-A Pensacola in the Reds’ organization. Mills had start the 2012 MiLB season with the Columbus Clippers of the Triple-A International League.

This season, Mills as a designated hitter/first baseman,  he batted  just .197 with seven homers and 21 RBIs in 39 games for Triple-A Columbus. He can also play third base.  Mills’ production caused him to fall to third on the Indians organizational depth chart behind Matt LaPorta and Russ Canzler at first base for the Clippers.

In six minor league seasons with the Indians organization, the 25-year-old Mills hit .267 with 76 home runs and 375 RBI’s.

 

Info compiled from Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

 

Reds sign #1 draft pick Stephenson before deadline

 

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The Cincinnati Reds beat the dealine and have signed their 2011 first-round Draft pick Robert Stephenson. The right-hander just out of high school received a $2 million bonus.

A team that does not sign its first-or-second-round pick will receive a compensatory pick in the 2012 Draft. That selection will be at the same spot, plus one slot. For instance, the Reds would have received the 28th overall selection if they did sign Stephenson.

Stephenson’s backup plan was that if he hadn’t signed a contract, he was ready to play baseball for the University of Washington.

The 18-year-old, was the 27th overall selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Alhambra High School in Martinez, California. As a senior, he was 8-2 with a 1.19 ERA in 76.2 innings and he threw two no-hitters.

It is believed that Stephenson will start off his pro career in rookie ball in Goodyear, Arizona.

 

Info compiled from MLB & Cincinnati Reds news

Reds’ Bruce named National League Player of the Week

 

Jay Bruce (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Cincinnati Reds right fielder Jay Bruce, who is having another good season, has won the National League Player of the Week award for the second time this season.

He also enjoyed this distinction back in May and has won the award three times in four years.

Bruce has set career highs this year in homers with 26 and RBI’s with 74.

Bruce, the Reds 12th overall selection in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, led all Major League players in RBI’s (15), total bases (28) and slugging percentage (1.120) last week which ended on August 7th. The 24-year-old Texan also tied for the lead in home runs (5) and in runs scored (9).

Bruce also ranked in the top five among NL hitters in batting average (.440), hits (11) and on-base percentage (.481).

For his achievement, Bruce will receive a watch from Game Time.

 

Info courtesy of MLBpressbox.com & Cincinnati Reds news

Reds 2011 draft pick Stephenson passes physical; no contract signed yet

 

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According to internet, Radio & TV reports, Cincinnati Reds top draft pick Robert Stephenson has passed his physical. All there is to do now, is get a contract signed. Sources say that a deal is not close as of Friday, August 12.

A right-handed pitcher, Stephenson was the 27th overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Alhambra High School in Martinez, California.

During his senior season, he was 8-2 with a 1.19 ERA in 76 2/3 innings and threw two no-hitters.

The deadline for MLB teams to sign 2011 Draft picks is midnight ET on Tuesday. Negotiations between the Reds and Stephenson’s camp have yet to become serious, but he underwent the physical to get it out of the way before the deadline.

Stephenson has already committed to playing college baseball for the University of Washington if he does not sign with the Reds.

 

courtesy of Clker.com

Info compiled from staff, internet, Radio & TV news

Reds shortstop sensation Cozart will undergo Tommy John surgery

 

Zack Cozart (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Cincinnati Reds rookie shortstop Zack Cozart is scheduled to have Tommy John reconstructive surgery on his left elbow on Friday, August 21, 2011.

With the surgery being on his non-throwing elbow, Cozart is expected to back and able to returen to baseball activities fairly quickly and should be ready for Spring Training 2012.

Cozart played in 11 games for the Reds and was sensational this season, batting .324 (12-for-37) with two homers and three RBI’s.

The 25-year-old Cozart was the Reds second-round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds news, & Radio & TV reports

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