Who Run the World? Scooter Gennett.On Tuesday, Reds fans were treated to a historic performance at Great American Ball Park. Scooter Gennett became just the 17th player in major league history to hit four home runs in one game. The Reds celebrated Gennett's big night with the following video.
With a 5-for-5, 4-homer, 10-RBI night, Scooter Gennett has a legit claim to putting up the single best offensive game in baseball history.– Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 7, 2017
Zack Cozart UpdateWell, apparently some of you answered the challenge from last week's Reds Report. As of Tuesday, Cozart had moved up to second place in the voting to be the National League's starting shortstop at the All-Star Game. Jamie Ramsey of Better Off Red offered a helpful summary of Cozart's growing credentials.
It's Almost Draft DayThe MLB Draft kicks off on Monday, and the Reds will have the second pick. They were in the same position a season ago, and they used that selection to take Nick Senzel. There are a few players who could hear their name called when Cincinnati makes their choice. Brendan McKay of Louisville could be the Reds pick. Kyle Wright is another option, but several outlets project the pitcher from Vanderbilt to be the #1 selection (Minnesota Twins). Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that Hunter Greene could likely be Cincinnati's pick. Greene was a shortstop/pitcher this season for Notre Dame High School in Los Angeles. He could be developed as a pitcher or position player. However, most expect him to end up on the mound given the 17-year-old hit 102 mph on the radar gun in January. It's always risky taking a player out of high school, but Greene has the kind of upside that makes him worth it.
A Few Pitching NotesThere's plenty of uncertainty surrounding the Reds starting rotation. This week, there were a few updates regarding members of the staff.
- The Reds got some disappointing news about injured starter Anthony DeSclafani. Bryan Price told Tom Groeschen that at this point, he doesn't expect DeSclafani back in the rotation until at least August.
- There was a scary moment in Saturday's game when Amir Garrett was hit by a line drive on his left hand. Joshua Thornton of MLB.com had a helpful breakdown of what followed. He noted that Garrett couldn't feel his hand immediately after being hit. However, Garrett's x-rays came back negative, and he's still scheduled to make his next start.