Wednesday, June 6, 2012
HS pitchers, college seniors highlight Day 2
By Mike Andrews, SoxProspects.com
The Red Sox had an interesting day on Day 2 of the 2012 draft. We really got our first chance to see how the new CBA spending cap limit restricts what teams are able to do in terms of doling out bonus money after Day 1.
The Red Sox were able to come away with three highly-regarded high school pitchers in Dillon (S.C.) RHP Jamie Callahan in the second round, Providence (N.C.) RHP Ty Buttrey in the fourth round, and All Saints Academy (Fla.) RHP Carson Fulmer.
Buttrey is the best of that group. Considered one of the top 40 players in the entire draft, Boston gladly scooped him up in the fourth after he slid due to signability concerns. A highly projectable 19-year-old, Buttrey's fastball already hits 96 miles per hour. He complements his heater with a very good knuckle curveball and a developing changeup. He's presently committed to the University of Arkansas.
Callahan can also get his fastball up to the mid-90s and he mixes in three secondary pitches, all of which are works in progress potential for improvement. He had been committed to South Carolina, but it's been reported that Callahan has already agreed in principle on a slot deal and will report to Fort Myers this week. Fulmer, a top 150 player, slid all the way to the 15th round due to a strong commitment to Vanderbilt. He has two plus potential pitches in a 92-95 mph fastball and a low-80s power slider.
The Sox also got a solid pickup in Florida closer Austin Maddox, and a few sleepers in Fresno State righty Justin Haley, Mississippi lefty Dylan Chavez and Jamal Martin, a high school center fielder. Florida is still in the hunt for the College World Series and Maddox has been a big part of that run, earning 12 saves on the season while posting a 2.24 ERA and holding opponents to a .207 batting average.
Beyond that, Boston drafted five college seniors in rounds 5-10, something that would have been unheard of in prior years. The hope is that the club will be able to sign these players for short dollars and reallocate their cap money on some of the high upside guys like Buttrey and Fullmer. Ultimately, if the front office is able to sign Buttrey and Fullmer, the "senior draft" strategy will have paid off, and Boston will have proven to find at least one way to navigate the new draft spending cap.