Pitcher Mitchell Tripp, a redshirt junior and 36th round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds in the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft decided to forgo his senior season and signed a professional contract with the team on Thursday. The value of the contract is unknown.
"Being a professional ball player is something that I have wanted to do my whole life," Tripp said in a press release. "I am pretty excited about the opportunity that the Cincinnati Reds have given me."
The junior college transfer did not see any game action during his two years as a Knight due to injuries.
Tripp became the final Knight taken in the draft at 1,075th overall. He appeared in 3.1 innings for the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs of the Florida Collegiate Summer League, fanning three batters while maintaining a 0.00 earned run average.
He will join the Arizona League Reds, a Rookie-level affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds in a few weeks, according to the release.
Former UCF teammate James Vasquez was taken in the 25th round by the Reds as well. He has played 14 games for the AZL Reds, posting a .146 batting average with three homeruns and nine RBIs.
Aside from Tripp and Vasquez, shortstop Dylan Moore was taken in the seventh round, 198th overall, by the Texas Rangers and UCF-signee Ryan Mountcastle was selected in the first round, 36th overall, by the Baltimore Orioles.
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