Marlins select versatile Reynolds in 4th round

At 6-foot-7, the athletic 18-year-old could be power pitcher or hitter

June 11th, 2016

MIAMI -- They've seen him blast a baseball more than 400 feet, and on other occasions reach back and throw 92 mph off the mound. It didn't matter if he was hitting or pitching, Sean Reynolds from Redondo (Calif.) Union High School impressed the Marlins.

At 6-foot-7, Reynolds stands out on the baseball field, and the Marlins took notice, selecting the 18-year-old in the fourth round on Day 2 of the MLB Draft on Friday.

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Not every prospect has the skill set to either pitch or play in the field at the professional level. Reynolds gives that option.

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"The cool thing about Sean is you're really drafting two players," Redondo Union coach Jeff Baumback told on Friday. "You can kind of see how it goes."

The Marlins know how well Reynolds throws, but they are banking on him being able to hit.

"We like the bat, there is power in it," said Marlins vice president of scouting Stan Meek. "He's an aggressive kid. He has also pitched. He will throw up to 91-92 off the mound.

"But we really think the bat has a chance to work. He's pretty athletic for his size. He throws well and moves around well. Makes good contact. We think he has a chance to be a power bat."

The Marlins did plenty of homework before selecting Reynolds, who has a college commitment to Rice.

A right-handed thrower and left-handed hitter, Reynolds batted .380 with seven home runs and 28 RBIs as a senior. As a pitcher, he was 7-0 (1.23 ERA) with 73 strikeouts in 57 innings.

"Luckily for me, the basketball coach was very satisfied with his roster, so he didn't come and try to take Sean from me in the winter time," Baumback said.

The Marlins had an inside edge in getting to Reynolds.

When Baumback played at Long Beach State, one of his coaches was Tim McDonald, Miami's Los Angeles-area scout.

McDonald is the scout who uncovered Giancarlo Stanton out of Sherman Oaks, Calif., in 2007. At McDonald's recommendation, the Marlins selected Stanton in the second round that year, and he's developed into a three-time All-Star.

"[McDonald] has been around all year, from early in the fall, in November," Baumback said.

"Tim has got a really good track record with us on hitters out there," Meek said. "So when he wants a hitter, we get interested pretty quickly."

Redondo Union's last impact big leaguer was Morgan Ensberg, the longtime third baseman who spent much of his career with the Astros.

Reynolds has a chance to make his own mark from the school.

"We think we have a guy going in the right direction and a guy a pretty good hitting scout wanted," Meek said. "We've seen him hit the ball 420-plus feet. He's shown us raw power already."