Saturday, June 7, 2014
MLB draft Day 3 Sox recap: Rounds 11-40
By Matt Huegel | SoxProspects.com
Day 3 marked the end of the MLB draft, and a full 30 picks were made by the Boston Red Sox. Among those picks are several high-upside prospects, many of whom won't end up signing, along with other serviceable prospects who may not get much hype but can play an important role in the system.
One theme we saw early for the Red Sox was picking guys who have fallen due to injury, likely as a way to get players with upside who won't require large over-slot bonuses to sign. In fact, their first three picks on the day fall into this category: RHP Karsten Whitson, LHP Jalen Beeks and RHP Chandler Shepherd.
Other exciting picks on the day consist of high schoolers who fell due to bonus demands. While it will be impossible to sign all of these types of picks, Boston hopes to lure a couple away from their college commitments. Picks that fall into this category are: CF Trenton Kemp, CF Tyler Hill, C Devon Fisher, SS J.J. Matijevic and CF Jaren Kendall. These guys represent high ceilings that you can dream on, but as we've seen with above-slot signees in the past, the talent they show against fellow high schoolers doesn't always translate to the pros so it can be hit or miss.
Overall, out of the 30 picks made, we saw Boston take 13 pitchers, five catchers, five outfielders and seven infielders.
Here's a look at today's draftees pick-by-pick:
11th round: RHP Karsten Whitson, SR, Florida
Whitson was the first-round pick of the Padres in 2010, but reportedly turned down $2.1 million to go to college. He followed that up with an inconsistent run at Florida that included shoulder problems in his sophomore year after which he was less effective. He can reach 96 mph with the fastball, but his secondary pitches are inconsistent, according to MLB.com. If he can regain his first-round form, he could be a steal. He was Baseball America's (BA) 290th-rated prospect.
12th round: LHP Jalen Beeks, JR, Arkansas
Beeks is an undersized left-hander with a three-pitch mix. He may have fallen due to an elbow injury at the end of this season, but came back last week with a strong outing. He does not have much projection left, according to MLB.com, but has the stuff to succeed at the next level potentially in a bullpen role. He was ranked 125th by BA.
13th round: RHP Chandler Shepherd, JR, Kentucky
Shepherd may have also fallen due to missed time with a right forearm laceration this season. He has three pitches with at least average potential, according to Clint Longnecker of BA. Al Skorupa of Baseball Prospectus said he liked what he saw from Shepherd and his curveball last year in the Cape League, where Shepherd was an All-Star. He is BA's 372nd-ranked prospect.
14th round: C Jordan Procyshen, JR, Northern Kentucky University
Procyshen was named first team All-American for Division I junior colleges in 2013 before transferring prior to last season. He put up good power numbers for a catcher.
15th round: CF Trenton Kemp, Buchanan (Calif.) HS
MLB.com calls Kemp "a quintessential high-risk, high-reward high school athlete, with some loud tools." He is a top-notch raw athlete with speed and power, who projects to stay in center field, but also with questions around his bat. It will likely take some extra money to lure him away from a Fresno State commitment. BA ranked him at 337.
16th round: LHP Michael Gunn, JR, Arkansas
Gunn was the second Arkansas lefty taken after Beeks.
17th round: SS Jeremy Rivera, JC, El Paso CC
18th round: 3B Jordan Betts, SR, Duke U
19th round: CF Tyler Hill, Delaware Military Academy
Hill is a raw five-tool athlete who will likely need above-slot bonus to forego college commitment.
20th round: C Devon Fisher, Western Branch (Va.) HS
Tough sign committed to University of Virginia, Fisher is a strong all-around defensive catcher who has an impressive arm and ability to throw out runners, according to MLB.com. He has power potential at the plate, but overall questions about his hitting ability. BA had him at 194.
21st round: C Ian Rice, JC, Chipola College
Rice is BA's 303rd-ranked prospect. Second pick out of Chipola College after sixth- rounder Danny Mars.
22nd round: SS J.J. Matijevic, Norwin (Pa.) HS
Matijevic has a very advanced bat for a high schooler with a solid approach and power potential, according to MLB.com. Defensively, he was listed as a shortstop, but looks more likely to be a third baseman in the pros where he'll have a strong arm. Committed to University of Arizona, he will likely require above-slot money to sign. BA's 180th-ranked prospect.
23rd round: CF Derek Miller, JR, University of Texas, Arlington
24th round: 1B Cisco Tellez, JR, University of California, Riverside
25th round: RHP Gabe Klobosits, JC, Galveston College
Klobosits is a righty listed at 6-foot-7, and height is a commodity often coveted by the Red Sox.
26th round: RHP Ryan Harris, JR, Florida
Harris is a reliever for Florida who should stay in the bullpen as a pro and has potential to move quickly. His fastball sits around 93 mph, and he also throws a solid slider that flashes and a changeup, according to MLB.com. Clint Longnecker of BA called him a big arm with power stuff. BA has him ranked at 226.
27th round: RHP Taylor Nunez, JR, Southern Mississippi
28th round: LHP David Peterson, Regis Jesuit HS (Colo.)
Peterson is a 6-foot-6 lefty with a lot of projection. His fastball can get up to 93 mph currently, while his changeup and slider are developing, according to MLB.com. A broken leg his senior year of high school may have affected his stock, and he will require an above-slot bonus to sign away from an Oregon commitment. He is BA's 95th-rated prospect.
29th round: RHP Josh Pennington, Lower Cape May Reg HS (N.J.)
Pennington tore his UCL recently and is scheduled for Tommy John surgery. Fastball is in the low-90s. He commented that he wants to start his career now and will sign regardless of where he is selected in the draft, despite the fact that he could gone in the first 10 rounds had he not sustained the injury. He's rated at 401 by BA.
30th round: CF Jeren Kendall, Holmen HS (Wis.)
Kendall's best tool is his plus-plus speed, according to MLB.com. He has decent hitting skills and some power for a guy his size, but his hitting should be aided by his speed on the basepath. He is BA's 88th-prospect, and the fact that he slipped this far says he likely has high bonus demands.
31st round: C Alex McKeon, JR, Texas A&M International University
McKeon played for Northeastern University as a freshman before transferring.
32nd round: RHP Case Rolen, Sherman HS (Texas)
Rolen is a young high school senior who topped out at 89 mph and also features a developing sharp curveball. He's athletic with projection.
33rd round: RF Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy (Puerto Rico)
Alvarado is a two-way player with great size and athleticism, according to BA. A switch-hitter with a strong arm and big power potential, he was one of the youngest players in the draft. He's rated 493rd by BA.
34th round: RHP Kuehl McEachern, Flagler College
35th round: 3B Ross Puskarich, Liberty HS (Calif.)
36th round: RHP Bradley Wilpon, The Brunswick School (Conn.)
Wilpon is the grandson of New York Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon and son Mets COO Jeff Wilpon.
37th round: SS Hector Lorenzana, SR, Oklahoma
38th round: RHP Brandon Show, JR, University of San Diego
39th round: SS Mike Gretler, Bonney Lake HS (Wash.)
40th round: C Joseph Winterburn, SR, University of La Verne