Thursday, June 5, 2003

Baseball amateur draft

Reds take pitching, pitching and more pitching

By Kevin Kelly
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Continuing a trend started Tuesday, the Reds selected 14 more pitchers on the final day of the amateur draft.

Cincinnati, which used six of its first eight overall picks on pitchers, took another 10 college and four high school pitchers during rounds 21-50 on Wednesday.

"What we were trying to do yesterday I felt like we continued the process of trying to get pitchers," said Leland Maddox, Reds assistant general manager/director of scouting. "We feel like there are some major-leaguers down in the lower rounds as well."

Two of the most intriguing second-day picks were pitcher Matt Harrington (24th round) and Notre Dame quarterback Carlyle Holiday (44th round), who has not played baseball in college.

Harrington was considered the nation's top high school pitcher three years ago but has yet to sign with a major-league club.

Drafted by the Rockies (seventh overall in 2000), Padres (second round in 2001), Devil Rays (13th round in 2002) and now Reds, Harrington currently is pitching for Fort Worth in the Independent Central League where he is 0-1 with a 3.66 ERA in eight games.

"At some point or another, he has to make up his own mind if he wants to become a major-league baseball player," Maddox said.

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