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Get to know 47th overall pick Lyon Richardson

James Rapien

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The Reds selected Lyon Richardson with the 47th overall pick in the MLB Draft. Richardson is a right-handed pitcher from Jensen Beach High School in Florida.

Here’s his scouting report from MLB.com:

The Port St. Lucie area is known mostly in baseball circles for it being the Spring Training home of the New York Mets. Richardson, a rapidly rising right-hander from nearby Jensen Beach High School, could help put that part of the east coast of Florida on the map for more than that.

Known primarily as an outfielder for much of his high school career, the 6-foot-2 Richardson has taken off on the mound this spring. He’s been seen up to 96-to-97 mph with his fastball at times, sitting comfortably in the 93-to-94 range. His breaking ball can be inconsistent; some scouts have seen two distinct pitches, others have seen them blurring into one slurvy offering. But he’s shown enough glimpses of an above-average 78-to-83 mph breaker to think he’ll get there consistently with more reps. He’ll show a usable changeup in the bullpen, but doesn’t throw it much in games.

Richardson’s athleticism should allow him to continue to throw strikes and repeat his delivery. He’s still learning to pitch, and the Florida commit’s upside potential could interest teams in the top two or three rounds.

Doug Gray of RedsMinorLeagues.com is a regular guest on the Locked on Reds podcast. He had good things to say about this pick:

‘Second rounder who can hit 98 MPH and is extremely athletic? Yeah, sign me up for that all day long. He’s considered a bit raw as a pitcher, and the pick reminds me of Tony Santillan. Or maybe even Nick Hanson. This is one of those big upside picks, and while it is likely he’ll move a little slow, especially early in his career because of his experience, the arm strength is on a different level.’

Check out Gray’s entire scouting report here. Watch Richardson pitch below:

James covers the Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds for ESPN 1530 and 700 WLW in Cincinnati. He hosts shows on both stations, including Cincy 3:60 from 12pm-1pm daily on ESPN 1530. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. Feel free to email him your ideas, fantasy football questions and hot takes.

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