With the game tonight being postponed due to Tropical Storm Andrea ruining everything with rain, we now have some time to review the recent selections by Boston in this years' draft. No surprise the Sox went heavy on pitchers in the draft as most teams due since that is a position where players seem to fizzle out the quickest. Seven out of their ten picks this year were pitchers which only supports that point even more.
Boston had the 7th overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft this year and selected left handed pitcher Trey Ball out of New Castle Chrysler High School in Indiana. Ball stands at 6'5, 175lbs and is already throwing between 90-92mph from the mound. The potential is high on Ball, but some did not like the pick since he is a two-way player who also excels in outfield. The Sox will look to get him on track on the mound and help mold the tall lefty to grow into a strong major league pitcher.
With their second pick, 45th overall, the Sox took a right handed pitcher and let me just say GOD do I hope this kid works out for his name alone. Teddy Stankiewicz. Oh the possibilities for nick names are endless, I'm already calling him " The Big Stank". Stankiewicz is a junior college pitcher out of Seminole State (OK), originally drafted by the New York Mets in last years' draft. Reports on the Big Stank are he's got a fastball but will need to improve on his secondary, offspeed pitches if he wants to become a major league pitcher.
One of the few position players that Boston chose this draft was catching prospect Jon Denney from Yukon HS (OK). Denney was the selection that got me excited this year, he may not have been as coveted as the other catchers in this draft, but he could be the best. At 6'2, 205lbs, Jon Denney has the complete skill package at catcher. With advanced receiving skills, an above average arm, and Denney also showed the power in his bat at the Area Code Games. He went on to have a superb senior year which lifted him in the ranks of catching prospects. Most had Denney being taken in the first round so it looks like the Sox might have stolen a potential stud in the making.
Those were the top 3 picks for the Red Sox in the 2013 draft. Here are the rest: Myles Smith, RHP, Lee University (TN) 6'1, 175lbs Corey Littrell, LHP, Kentucky, 6'3,195lbs Jordon Austin, CF, Forest HS (FL), 5'11, 195lbs Mike Adams, LHP, University of Tampa (FL), 6'3, 215lbs Forrestt Allday, CF, Central Arkansas, 5'11, 190lbs Kyle Martin, RHP, Texas A&M, 6'6, 195lbs Taylor Grover, RHP, S. Carolina Aiken, 6'3, 195lbs