MLB draft: Sox pick Chavis, Kopech, Travis
June, 5, 2014
By Kyle Brasseur | Special to ESPNBoston.com
With the 26th pick in the draft, the Boston Red Sox have selected infielder Michael Chavis out of Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Georgia.
Mike Janes/Four Seam Images/AP ImagesMichael Chavis of Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Georgia, playing for the Atlanta Braves scout team during the East Coast Pro Showcase on Aug. 1, 2013.
Chavis, announced as a shortstop, is a versatile player who could move to third base, the outfield or catcher moving forward. Chavis, a right-handed hitter, is projected to develop into a power hitter as his body fills out.
Chavis is committed to Clemson University.
With a compensation pick (33rd overall), the Red Sox drafted Michael Kopech, a right-handed pitcher out of Mount Pleasant High School in Mount Pleasant, Texas.
The 6-foot-4 Kopech flashes a fastball that sits in the low 90s and a curveball with good movement. His delivery suggests that a move to the bullpen could be in his future; however, he has the stuff to project as a mid-rotation starter.
Kopech is committed to the University of Arizona.
In the second round, the Red Sox selected Sam Travis, a first baseman out of Indiana University, with the 67th overall pick.
Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds out of high school in 2011, Travis did not sign and went on to enjoy three productive seasons at Indiana. He was considered one of the best all-around college bats in the draft and has a strong command of the strike zone.
Former Red Sox pitcher Derek Lowe announced the pick.
Travis was the Red Sox's final pick of the night. The team will resume their draft Friday afternoon with the 103rd overall pick in the third round. Coverage is set to begin at 1 p.m.