With the 2nd pick of the 9th round (258th overall) the Cincinnati Reds selected University of British Columbia right-hander Alex Webb.
Hometown: Surrey, British Columbia
Previous team: White Rock Titans
Coaches: Chris Pritchett, Terry McKaig, Russ Smithson.
Previously Drafted: San Diego Padres 2015 (36th round)
Slot Money: $172,300
Signed For: $5,000
Scout: Bill Byckowski
Rated: 326th on Perfect Game's top 500 combined list ... Third on Baseball America’s top 15 NAIA prospect list entering season ... 20th on Perfect Game’s top NAIA prospects ... 54th on Perfect Game’s top 100 college seniors ... Pitching for Kelowna Falcons, ranked 14th on Perfect Games’s top 30 prospects from the West Coast Summer League.
Webb has a sturdy, innings-eater type of frame and build, and he’s been able to both absorb innings and pitch at a high level the last two seasons at British Columbia. The senior righty was selected late in last year’s draft after a breakout spring which saw him strike out better than a batter per inning. This season he has put up even better numbers (111 strikeouts in 99.1 innings) and stymied opposing hitters (just 53 hits allowed). Webb operates with a low-90s fastball and is able to command the heater to all four quadrants of the strike zone.
Webb, a senior, had a better year than fellow Thunderbird Curtis Taylor, who was expected to be drafted higher. The British Columbia righty posted a 1.34 ERA and a 115-15 strikeout-walk ratio against light NAIA competition. Big and durable at 6-foot-3, 228 pounds, Webb will be drafted thanks to his ability to throw a lot of strikes with a 90-92 mph fastball, which tends to flatten out. He throws both a curveball and a changeup. He commands both of them, but neither are a swing-and-miss offering.
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