Reds nab high school OF Trammell at No. 35

Athletic player has committed to play his college ball at Georgia Tech

Reds nab high school OF Trammell at No. 35

CINCINNATI -- With the No. 35 overall pick in the 2016 Draft on Thursday -- and the first pick of the Competitive Lottery Round A -- the Reds took high school outfielder Taylor Trammell. An 18-year-old who is listed at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, Trammell is from Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, Ga.

"A very athletic kid, and really, really good tools," Reds senior director of amateur scouting Chris Buckley said. "He's got a chance to be a very complete player."

2nd overall pick: Nick Senzel

43rd overall pick: Chris Okey

The Draft continues on Friday with Rounds 3-10. The preview show begins at 12:30 p.m. ET, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 3-10 beginning at 1 p.m. ET.

Cincinnati had three picks on the first night of the Draft. Also taken with the No. 2 overall selection was third baseman Nick Senzel from the University of Tennessee. In the second round, the Reds took catcher Chris Okey from Clemson University.

In between those picks came Trammell, who is listed by as the No. 32 Draft prospect this year. He is a left-handed hitter and also throws left-handed.

During his senior season, Trammell hit .463 with six home runs, 19 RBIs, 30 runs scored and 22 steals.

Trammell was also the Georgia Class A football offensive player of the year, after he rushed for 2,479 yards and 36 touchdowns last fall. He could have played football in college. However, he decided to focus on playing baseball only when he committed to Georgia Tech.

"You love to get those kind of guys," Buckley said. "We've had a lot of them. Todd Frazier was a basketball player. Devin Mesoraco played football. You love to get those tough, athletic guys."

Buckley on Reds' Day 1 picks

There was speculation that Trammell could have been a first-round pick, but worries that he might not sign and opt for college instead might have dropped him down the board for some clubs.

"A lot of it had to do with why he got down there," Buckley said. "He's going to Georgia Tech. He's a 4.0 [GPA] student. His family is very educated, [and] engineers. We'll see how that one goes."

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.