Reds take RHP Nick Howard in round one of the MLB draft

CINCINNATI, Ohio –  Reds Senior Director of Amateur Scouting Chris Buckley Thursday night
announced the selection of junior RHP Nick Howard (6-4, 215) from the University of Virginia with
the team’s first pick (19th overall) of the 2014 MLB first-year player draft.

Howard, 21, earlier this spring was named to the 2014 Louisville Slugger All-America third
team as a relief pitcher in his first season as a closer. His 19 saves are a single-season school
record and tie the ACC single-season mark established by North Carolina’s Michael Morin in 2012.
So far this season Howard is 2-1 with a 2.15 ERA in 27 relief appearances (29.1ip, 19h,
12bb, 50k).

On Saturday, Virginia meets Maryland in the NCAA’s Charlottesville Super Regional.
He was named to the All-ACC first team as a utility player after hitting .261 with 20 RBI in 43
games. In his 3-year collegiate career, Howard has hit .303 in 119 games.
The draft will resume Friday at 1:00 p.m. ET  and continue on Saturday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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