Cincinnati Reds Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Meador tonight announced the selection OF Austin Hendrick (6-0, 195, BL-TL) with the team’s first pick (12th overall) of the 2020 first-year player draft.
Hendrick, 19, is rated the ninth-best player in the draft by Baseball America and 13th-best player by MLB.com.
A pre-season first-team All-American at West Allegheny High School in Imperia, PA, Hendrick has committed to Mississippi State University.
He is the highest-drafted player from the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League since Neil Walker was taken 11th overall in 2004.
The Reds don’t draft again until tomorrow, when they will select 48th (2nd round), 65th (Competitive Balance Round B), 84th (3rd round),113th (4th round) and 143rd (5th round).
Tonight’s draft includes only Round 1 (selections 1-29) and Competitive Balance Round A (selections 30-37).
Beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET tomorrow, MLB Network and ESPN2 will televise Round 2, beginning with the 38th overall selection, through Round 5.
The 5 rounds of the 2020 MLB Draft will span 160 total selections. The signing deadline for the 2020 Draft has been moved from July 10 to August 1.