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Reds sign former No. 2 overall draft pick Greg Reynolds

Feb 1, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Greg Reynolds, who was once the No. 2 overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Rockies, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Reds.

At this point Reynolds is little more than minor-league filler despite still being just 27 years old. Reynolds has a 7.47 ERA in 94 career innings as a big leaguer and a 4.88 ERA in the minors. He basically never looked like much of a prospect, which is pretty tough to do as college pitcher who was the second overall pick.

Actually, that whole 2006 draft is very interesting. Reynolds was a total bust and No. 1 pick Luke Hochevar hasn’t been much better, posting a 5.39 ERA. But then No. 3 pick Evan Longoria, No. 7 pick Clayton Kershaw, and No. 10 pick Tim Lincecum have become stars. And the first round also included quasi-stars Brandon Morrow, Max Scherzer, and Ian Kennedy.

  1. largebill - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    That draft is probably not far from the norm. Baseball scouting, drafting and development is an inexact science. Primary reason baseball draft seems to have more high picks miss is they are drafting high school players as well as college players. NFL is drafting only from college and even the underclassmen are (with very rare exceptions) at least 20 and about done growing physically.

    • Uncle Charlie - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      Inexact science = hot water heater?

  2. mattyflex - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Luke Hochevar also got about four and a half million dollars to battle for the 5th starter or long reliever position against Bruce Chen on a team with a limited payroll.

  3. mazblast - Feb 4, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    He’s not only useless, but his once high draft status will cause the team to call him up some time during the season instead of someone deserving. Every team does it. They rely on someone’s failed lofty predictions rather than the evidence at hand.

  4. pinb75 - Feb 10, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    You have no idea what you are talking about. After 2 surgeries, it is actually amazing that he is still in the game.

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