The Reds recently added a veteran outfielder to their Pensacola roster to add depth and made room…
Top 30 Reds Prospects: No. 11
It's no big surprise that a power increase came to Selsky's game because while in high school he represented California in an international home run derby. After that he played at the University of Arizona and was drafted by the Cubs in a late round in 2010. He opted to return to college for another season which turned out disastrous. A broken wrist and hamstring injury limited him to 18 ineffective games with the Wildcats after hitting .370 the previous year. The Reds selected him in the 33rd round in 2011 and he went on to hit .311 in the rookies leagues that fall.
The peripheral stats look good too. He's striking out about once every five plate appearances on average and walking around 8% of the time to provide the nice AVG/OB differential. Getting plunked by thirteen pitches last season contributed to that. He's even swiped a few bases and been successful in 21 of 25 attempts.
All of his action defensively has been in the outfield corners. His arm is strong enough for right field where he cut down eight runners in 62 games at Bakersfield. Now that he's added power to his game it's easier to play him the more offensive-minded spots where he's made only three errors over his first two professional seasons.
It looks like the Reds could be indicted for larceny for picking up such talent close to the end of the draft. Selsky did come out of a top NCAA program, so it's not a big surprise that he arrived polished. Of course college players are supposed to do well in the lower levels and the Reds have probably seen enough of him in single A, so he should hit Pensacola this season at the age of 23. Injuries and sign-ability issues caused him to wait longer in the draft, where his services were obtained with a $75,000 bonus. It appears Cincinnati is benefitting from his earlier misfortunes. However, in the minor leagues performance forces progression and now that he's a couple of years away from cracking an MLB roster the outcome from being the 1,015th player selected should be more appealing to Selsky as well.
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