Cincinnati Reds Senior Director of Amateur Scouting Chris Buckley tonight announced the selections of OF Taylor Trammell (pronounced tra-MELL) of Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, GA with the team's second pick of the 2016 first-year player draft (35th overall, first pick of competitive balance lottery round A), followed by C Chris Okey of Clemson University in the second round (43rd overall).
Trammell (6-2, 200, BL, TL), 18, has a scholarship offer to play baseball at Georgia Tech but also was the state's Class A football offensive player of the year after rushing for 2,479 yards and 36 touchdowns last fall.
Okey (5-11, 195, BR, TR), 21, has played for five U.S. national teams and in 2013 was drafted by the San Diego Padres out of high school. This season he hit .399 and led the Tigers with 81 hits and 74 RBI, both career highs. He also established career bests with 15 HR and 61 runs scored in his 64 starts.
The native of Mount Dora, FL earned second-team honors on the Louisville Slugger and Baseball America All-America teams. He also earned a spot on the All-ACC first team.
Trammell and Okey join Golden Spikes Award finalist IF Nick Senzel, 20, from the University of Tennessee, who was taken with the team's first pick (2nd overall). SS Kurt Stillwell, selected with the second overall pick in 1983, is the only other player to be drafted that high by the Reds.
The first-year draft will have 40 rounds. Rounds 3-10 will begin at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, and Rounds 11-40 will begin at noon Saturday,.