Friday, June 6, 2014
MLB draft Day 2: Sox select Cosart, 7 others
By Kyle Brasseur, Special to ESPNBoston.com
The Boston Red Sox have the 29th pick in every round from 4-40. Rounds 3-10 took place Friday.
Third-round pick (103rd) Jake Cosart is a right-handed pitcher out of Seminole State (Florida).
The brother of Houston Astros pitcher Jarred Cosart, Jake played outfield at Duke University before transferring and taking up pitching. With a fastball that reaches the high 90s, as well as a curveball with decent movement, Cosart projects as a future reliever down the line. However, if he develops his changeup, he could stick as a starter.
Fourth-round pick Kevin McAvoy is a right-handed pitcher out of Bryant University (Rhode Island).
The Red Sox’s first local pick of the draft, McAvoy didn’t garner much attention entering the day. His selection in the fourth round could coincide with an under-slot bonus, a sign that the Red Sox may hope to free up bonus space for other picks.
Fifth-round pick Josh Ockimey is a first baseman out of SS Neumann Goretti High School in Philadelphia.
A left-handed hitter, Ockimey has great power potential as he continues to mature. He's athletic and possesses great bat speed.
Ockimey is committed to Indiana University.
Sixth-round pick Danny Mars is an outfielder out of Chipola College (Florida).
A switch-hitter, Mars showed great speed this season and projects to stay in center.
Seventh-round pick Reid Reilly is a right-handed pitcher out of Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo (California).
Serving as closer for the Mustangs, Reilly can dial his fastball up to 95 while also showing flashes of a solid breaking ball and changeup. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 18th round of last year’s draft but decided to return for another season.
Eighth-round pick Ben Moore is a catcher out of the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa.
A contact hitter, Moore has an advanced approach at the plate that has led to small strikeout totals throughout his college career. Moore served primarily as an outfielder this season despite spending most of his early years as a catcher.
Ninth-round pick Kevin Steen is a right-handed pitcher out of Oak Ridge High School (Oak Ridge, Tennessee).
Still raw, Steen has shown flashes of a promising fastball-curveball combination that gives him a decent amount of upside. He's expected to desire more than the recommended slot bonus of $142,600 that his pick has been allotted.
Steen is committed to the University of Tennessee.
Tenth-round pick Cole Sturgeon is an outfielder out of Louisville (Kentucky).
As a senior with Louisville, Sturgeon showed a strong ability to get on base while flashing average speed. A contact hitter, Sturgeon has virtually no power at the plate.
That concludes Boston’s second day of the draft. The draft is set to finish with Rounds 11-40 starting at 1 p.m. Saturday.