Nate Scantlin, a recent graduate of Rose Hill, was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds with the 437th overall pick in the 15th round in the Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday.
Scantlin, an 18-year-old center fielder prospect, was signed with Iowa Western to play college baseball, but told the Eagle on Wednesday afternoon he intends to sign with the Reds’ organization and begin his professional career immediately. He will fly to Phoenix on Friday.
“It’s always been my dream to hear my name called in the draft since I was a little kid,” Scantlin said. “My dream came true today.”
Scantlin said the decision to sign with the Reds was made easy by the team when they offered him a six-figure contract with school paid for.
“I figured if I got drafted, then I was probably going to sign,” Scantlin said. “I ended up getting the money I wanted and getting my school paid for too, so it wasn’t a hard decision to make.”
blessed to be apart of the Cincinnati Reds Organization!! Let's get to work ðŸ¤™ðŸ½⚾️ pic.twitter.com/w9ru832Wzw— Nate Scantlin ® (@Nate_Scantlin27) June 14, 2017
Scantlin was a three-time All-Metro selection at Rose Hill, where he hit five home runs with 28 RBIs and 16 extra-base hits with a .589 batting average and a .653 on-base percentage during his senior season.
“You can’t get the guy out because he doesn’t swing at a bad pitch,” Rose Hill coach Scott Carr said. “He’s become so disciplined at the plate. He never gets cheated in an at-bat. When he puts the ball in play, it’s very, very hard. He really is a five-tool guy that has continuously improved over the last four years.”