Scooter Bynum drafted in 18th round by Cincinnati Reds
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 7, 2014
The first time the Cincinnati Reds called Scooter Bynum of Fairbanks they were feeling him out.
Then they called back five minutes later.
“They told me they were going to draft me in the 18th round,” Bynum told me.
The Reds made it official moments later when they selected the 18-year-old centerfield from Monroe Catholic on the third day of the Major League Baseball Draft.
“It’s an honor, man,” he said. “It’s exciting.”
Bynum is only the second non-pitcher from Alaska to be drafted in the top 20, joining Anchorage third baseman Trajan Langdon, a sixth-round pick in 1994.
The reigning Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year said he turned down the contract offer by the Reds and will instead attend Arizona Western College this fall.
“I’m going to school,” he said. “It was real hard to turn down, but I need to work for the future. I’ll just try to get better and see where I go next year.”
Bynum plans to play this summer for the Fairbanks Goldpanners of the Alaska Baseball League.
Tony Wylie, of Anchorage, is a part of the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau and has experience with players in the draft. He believes the Reds will come back with a better offer.
“I think there will probably be some follow up discussions within the organization,” Wylie told me. “I don’t know what their offer was, but no matter what they offer it has to include his education or he shouldn’t even consider it.”
Regardless what Bynum does in the next year, Wylie sees the 6-foot-1, left-handed hitter has the tools to be a professional.
“I would think if he goes down to Western Arizona and performs and improves like I believe he will, in about 364 days from now we should see his name again,” Wylie said.
This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.
Notable MLB Draft picks from Alaska
- 2000 Brian Montalbo P Anchorage 4 Atlanta
- 2009 Matt Way P Sitka 5 Philadelphia
- 2012 Dylan Baker P Juneau 5 Cleveland
- 1994 Trajan Langdon 3B Anchorage 6 San Diego
- 2001 Chad Bentz P Juneau 7 Montreal
- 1990 Marshall Boze P Soldotna 12 Milwaukee
- 2001 Chris Mabeus P Soldotna 13 Oakland
- 2008 Chris Aure P North Pole 15 Pittsburgh
- 2014 Scooter Bynum OF Fairbanks 18 Cincinnati
- 2006 Corey Madden P Anchorage 21 Florida
**Boze, Bentz and Mabeus are only 3 Alaskans to play MLB