West Allegheny outfielder Austin Hendrick was selected by the Cincinnati Reds with the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 2020 MLB Draft on Wednesday.
West Allegheny in the house! Congrats to Austin Hendrick, the latest first-round pick from the WPIAL. pic.twitter.com/xcaGX15ISr
— Brad Everett (@BREAL412) June 11, 2020
Hendrick, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound outfielder, hit .327 as a junior with West Allegheny, but it was his power potential from the left-handed side of the plate that made him one of the most coveted prospects in all of baseball. He was graded as the No. 13 prospect in the game by MLB.com entering the draft.
The Oakdale, Pa. native will have the option of signing with the Reds or honoring his college commitment to Mississippi State, though most players in his draft position eventually sign with their teams. The bonus slot for the No. 12 pick is $4.366 million.
Hendrick is the highest-drafted player from Western Pennsylvania since Blackhawk’s Brendan McKay was selected with the No. 4 overall pick in 2017. McKay was drafted after first attending Louisville. The last player drafted directly from the WPIAL in the first round was Plum’s Alex Kirilloff, who went at No. 15 overall to the Minnesota Twins in 2016.