Reds Select Tyler Stephenson With First Pick Of 2015 Draft
Take High School Catcher 11th Overall

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds Senior Director of Amateur Scouting Chris Buckley last night announced the selection of C Tyler Stephenson (6-4, 220) from Kennesaw Mountain High School in Marietta, GA with the team’s first pick (11th overall) of the 2015 first-year player draft.

Stephenson, 18, was rated by Baseball America and MLB.com 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).

To wrap up the first day of the draft, the Reds selected RHP Antonio Santillan (6-3, 210) from Seguin High School (Arlington, TX) with the team’s second pick (49th overall), followed by senior RHP Tanner Rainey (6-3, 215) from the University of West Alabama (hometown Folsom, LA) 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).

Rounds 3-10 will begin at 1:00 p.m. today, and Rounds 11-40 will begin at noon Wednesday.







Here’s a great piece by Nick Piecoro on Tyler Stephenson.



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