“In certain years, you can’t take a catcher if you don’t have a spot to play him,” Buckley said.
Among the interesting names taken on the third day was Connor Curlis, a left-handed pitcher from Ohio State and Findlay. The Reds drafted him in the 24th round. He was 7-4 with 3.55 ERA in 16 starts.
The Reds also drafted a college teammate of first-round pick Jonathan India, selecting right-handed pitcher Michael Byrne, of the Florida Gators, in the 14th round.
Looking ahead: The Reds begin a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at 7:10 p.m. Friday at Great American Ball Park. The Cardinals have won 11 straight games against the Reds, including seven in April. It's their longest winning streak in the series since 1949.
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Matt Harvey (1-4, 5.79 ERA), Luis Castillo (4-6, 5.64) and Anthony DeSclafani (0-1, 7.20) will start for the Reds against Luke Weaver (3-5, 4.41), Michael Wacha (7-1, 2.41) and Carlos Martinez (3-2, 1.83).
Special offer: For an extra $55, fans who attend Sunday's game can watch the game with Reds Hall of Famer Tom Browning in The Handlebar. The price includes a buffet meal. Fans can meet Browning between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.