Boston Red Sox: MLB draft

Sox never had a Strasburg moment

June, 9, 2010
CLEVELAND -- The Red Sox have never had a situation quite like the Stephen Strasburg Experience, and here’s why. Since the draft began in 1965, the Red Sox have never had the No. 1 overall pick.

The highest they've ever picked in the June draft was 1967, when they had the third pick and selected right-hander Mike Garman, who made his big-league debut in 1969 at age 19, beating the Yankees after a September callup. That was one of just two games Garman would win for the Sox before he was traded to the Cardinals in 1973, the first of four times he would be swapped before being released by the Expos in March 1979. Lifetime record: 22-27, 3.63.

The Sox picked fourth in 1966 and selected Ken Brett, who pitched in the ’67 World Series at age 19 but went 10-15 with a 4.58 ERA before being traded (with Billy Conigliaro, the fifth player taken in the ’65 draft) in a deal with Milwaukee. That would be the first of six trades involving Brett, who also was released four times before his career came to an end in 1981.

Since those first three years of the draft, the Sox -- because of their position in the standings -- have had a top-10 pick just once. That was in 1993, when they took outfielder Trot Nixon, who became a productive big-leaguer but hardly a superstar.

The Red Sox have drafted a pitcher 16 times in the first round; only nine have made it to the majors. Of the five pitchers they took with a pick higher than No. 18, none made it to the big leagues: Tom Fischer (’88), Andrew Madden (’77), Andy Yount (’95), John Curtice (’97), Rob Parkins (’82), all names long forgotten.

Roger Clemens was the 19th player picked in 1983 and became the greatest pitcher in the team’s history, but while his arrival in the big leagues was widely anticipated, it had none of the fanfare of Strasburg’s debut.

Bruce Hurst (22nd pick, 1976) was the other big first-round success story, though Daniel Bard (No. 28, 2006) could easily join that company. The best of the rest was Aaron Sele (23rd, 1991), while Phil Dumatrait, Craig Hansen and Reggie Harris also made it to the bigs.

Bard, it should be remembered, was selected with the pick the Red Sox received as compensation from the Yankees for New York's signing of Johnny Damon.

The Sox selected 10 other pitchers with first-round “sandwich” picks (compensatory selections for the loss of free agents): Five have made it to the big leagues, the best of the group Clay Buchholz (42nd overall, 2005).

Sox draft three New Englanders

June, 9, 2010
CLEVELAND -- The Red Sox drafted three players with New England ties on the final day of the draft, one they dedicated to the memory of Jerry Stephenson, the former pitcher and longtime scout who died Sunday at the age of 66.

One of the New Englanders was Zach Kapstein, nephew of Red Sox senior adviser Jeremy Kapstein. Kapstein is a catcher from Tiverton (R.I.) High, and was taken in the 44th round. In the 38th round, they took Thomas Bourdon, an outfielder from Northwest Catholic High in West Hartford, Conn., while Yale first baseman Trygg Larsson-Danforth, a native of Mattapoisett, Mass., was taken in the 49th round.

Here, with comments from Baseball America, is a look at their picks from the 27th round on.

Round: 27 Overall: 833 Jay Gonzalez OF Freedom HS, Orlando, Fla.

28 863 Mike Wagner RHP Centennial HS, Las Vegas Nev.

Righthander Wagner has progressed nicely over the past year, and his best pitching is still ahead of him. Last summer he was 85-88 m.p.h. and he was mostly 89-92 this year. His breaking ball is improving and he'll mix in an occasional changeup. Wagner has a good pitcher's frame at 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds. He is expected to be a tough sign away from San Diego.

29 893 Paul Davis RHP Pensacola (Fla.) JC

30 923 Desean Anderson OF Ragsdale HS, Jamestown, N.C.

31 953 Dustin Renfroe C Copiah Academy, Mo.

32 983 Jordan Alexander OF Vista (Calif.) HS

33 1013 Mark Donham RHP Jupiter, Fla.

34 1043 Michael Gleason RHP Cal State Chico (Calif.)

35 1073 Joshua Riddle SS Western Hills HS, Frankfort Ky.

36 1103 Shane Rowland C Tampa Catholic HS, Fla.

Miami recruit Rowland has excellent catch-and-throw skills, earning some comparisons to Steve Baron. The son of Donnie Rowland -- the former Angels scouting director who now is the Yankees' director of international scouting -- churns out above-average 1.9-second pop times. He earns praise for his energy, leadership ability and handling of pitchers. After pressing earlier in the season offensively, he came on in the second half and was showing a solid left-handed swing with a patient approach. Rowland isn't the ideal size for a catcher at just 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, and scouts aren't sure if he's physically ready to grind out full seasons in the minors. If he hits velocity in Sebring at the state's all-star games, he could go off the board in the first five rounds.

38 1163 Thomas Bourdon OF Northwest Catholic HS, West Hartford, Conn.

Bourdon, an outfielder whose older brother Mike is a catcher for Division II power Tampa, has a loose, projectable swing and a strong outfield arm, though he's a fringy runner. He's a Boston College signee who also figures to wind up on campus.

39 1193 Nicholas Robinson SS North Central Ill.

40 1222 Kaleb Clark RHP Riverton (Kan.) HS Kansas

40 1223 Luke Yoder OF Cal Poly Calif.

41 1253 Jayson Hernandez C Rutgers

43 Patrick Smith OF Redan HS, Stone Mountain, Ga.

44 Zach Kapstein C Tiverton (R.I.) HS

45 James King SS Pomona-Pitzer, Claremont Calif.

46 Jarrett Thomason RHP Eastside HS, Taylors, S.C.

47 David Rosen LHP La Salle Institute Pattersonville, N.Y.

48 Jared Autrey RHP Stephenville (Texas) HS

49 Trygg Larsson-Danforth 1B Yale University Mattapoisett, Mass.

50 Weston Hoekel RHP Bishop Kenny HS, Jacksonville, Fla.

N.E. draft review: Day 2

June, 9, 2010
Kevin Moran can count on one hand the number of major league baseball teams that didn’t reach out to him first-hand during this past year at Boston College.

So as fate would have it, two of those three teams were jostling the most for his services on the second day of the first-year player draft. Moran never got more than a text message or generic questionnaire from front-office folks from Washington and the Chicago White Sox. Yet there he sat in his Barnstable home as the seventh round got underway yesterday, monitoring the draft ticker on his laptop as he took a call from one White Sox scout who told him to get ready to be their selection.

The White Sox would pass him over that round, and the Nationals promptly dialed him up with the same instructions -- be ready -- only to pass him over at the top of the eighth.

“I was sitting there watching the little thing, there were so many things going on,” Moran laughed. “I was kind of a wreck just sitting there watching the computer.

“At one point I walked away from the computer, I was so fed up with the process.”

Next round, same call came from the White Sox, and this time they was meant it. In the ninth round, Moran could finally unwind and step away from the ticker for good, having been taken 278th overall.

And so goes the drama of draft day. The 6-foot-4 junior righty was one of a handful of New Englanders to get selected on the second day, one that was full of intrigue for the locals.

Moran, a reliever, impressed scouts during his sophomore year at The Heights and later that summer with the Hyannis Mets in the Cape Cod League. He skidded a little this season, with a 7.92 ERA to counter an 8-5 record in 27 appearances (all but three out of the bullpen).

Still, the raw appeal of a guy like Moran, with his 210-pound frame and fastball that has touched 96 miles per hour, was enough for most scouts to project him going off the draft board within the first 10 rounds.

High school highlights

Amherst Regional’s lights-out senior lefty Kevin Ziomek had to wait until the 13th round (391st overall) to see his name show up on the ticker, courtesy the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ziomek, who was projected to fall anywhere within the first 10 rounds, wasn’t surprised by the drop -- after all, he’s made his future plans known for a while.

“I kind of came out telling guys that I was pretty set on going to school,” said Ziomek, who signed a letter of intent to Vanderbilt during the early signing period last Novemeber. “I was going to see what happened in the draft, but school is my main priority. I’m just happy to be picked where I was.

“It’s kind of been a family decision. We talked about it a while ago. I hadn’t made a choice where I was definitely going to school or definitely signing, but school is important to my family, and that’s the first priority.”

But certainly the preseason All-American, who came into the spring ranked by Baseball America as the 20th-best high school prospect, didn’t hurt his cause. With a fastball that’s clocked in the low-90s, he’s dominated the Western Mass. scene the last two seasons, including a 7-1 record this year with 104 strikeouts through Monday night’s Division 1 Western quarterfinal win over Chicopee. He was also recently named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Massachusetts.

One round later, the Yankees selected Newton's Travis Dean. The right-hander transferred to Worcester Academy last fall from Newton South before returning to South midway through the academic year. Dean, a Kennesaw State commit, did not play high school baseball this year.

Fitch 2

Former Fitch (Conn.) High standout Jesse Hahn, a junior at Virginia Tech, was taken in the sixth round (191st overall) of the draft after his former teammate, Matt Harvey of UNC, was plucked by the New York Mets with the seventh overall pick on Monday.

While Harvey went several rounds ahead of Hahn in the draft, there is a prized piece of Connecticut baseball history to which Hahn lays claim that he does not let Harvey forget.
In his senior year at Fitch, Hahn registered a minuscule 0.17 ERA -- the best ever posted in the Nutmeg State.

“Oh, I let him know about that,” Hahn said.

Hahn shares a particularly strong connection with the Harvey clan because Matt’s father, Ed Harvey, was his baseball coach at Fitch.

“He was a great coach,” Hahn said of the senior Harvey. “He was very strict, which got us ready to compete at the college level, and he helped me out a lot pitching-wise.”

Hahn posted his strongest season with Virginia Tech in 2010. The 6-foot-5 right-hander went 5-4 in 13 starts with a 3.70 ERA.

Eagles fly off board

Pat Dean was the first of three BC juniors to get selected, taken with the 102nd pick (third round) by the Twins. The lefty posted a 5-2 record this season for the Eagles, with a 4.75 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 77 innings.

“Once my name got called, all kinds of emotions went through me,” Dean said. “I can’t even explain it.”

Stoneham’s Mickey Wiswall, a first-team All-ACC selection, was the next Eagle to go (seventh round, 222nd overall), followed by Moran.


" Orange, Conn.’s Max Russell was taken 144th overall (fourth round) by the Angels, out of Florida Southern College. In his career with the Mocs, the 6-foot-2 lefty went 24-4, with a 4.27 ERA and 244 strikeouts in 221.2 innings. He was also a two-time Division 2 honorable mention All-American. That paralleled a storied high school career at Amity High, in which Russell went 29-1 and won back-to-back Class LL state titles (2006-07).

" Marlborough, Mass., native Chris McKenzie, a sophomore right-hander at San Jacinto Junior College (Midland, Tex.), saw his name get called five picks before Ziomek. McKenzie, who starred at Marian High, went 7-1 in 13 starts this season with a 2.27 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 67.1 innings.

" Worcester’s Ryan O’Rourke was taken by the Twins 14 picks after Ziomek, on the heels of a record-setting career at Merrimack College. The 6-foot-3 lefty leaves North Andover as the school’s all-time leader in strikeouts (193 in three seasons).

Here’s a recap of Day 2 of the MLB first-year player draft with an eye on New England:

Player (School) Hometown Round Selection Team
Pat Dean (Boston College) Naugatuck, Conn. 3 102 Minnesota

Max Russell (Florida Southern) Orange, Conn. 4 144 L.A. Angels

Jesse Hahn (Virginia Tech) Groton, Conn. 6 191 Tampa Bay

Mickey Wiswall (Boston College) Stoneham, Mass. 7 222 Seattle

Kevin Moran (Boston College) Yarmouthport, Mass. 9 278 Chi. White Sox

Christopher McKenzie (San Jacinto J.C.) Marlborough, Mass. 13 386 Washington

Kevin Ziomek (Amherst Regional H.S.) Amherst, Mass. 13 391 Arizona

Pierre LePage (UConn) Wolcott, Conn. 13 400 Chicago Cubs

Ryan O’Rourke (Merrimack) Worcester, Mass. 13 405 Minnesota

Travis Dean (Newton South) Newton, Mass. 14 445 N.Y. Yankees

Mike Drowne (Sacred Heart Univ.) South Hadley, Mass. 28 861 L.A. Dodgers

Casey Harman (Clemson) South Burlington, Vt. 29 880 Chicago Cubs


MLB draft

Of Broderick Perkins and Rock Shoulders

June, 8, 2010
Here's a look at the Red Sox's draft picks on Tuesday, with summaries from Baseball America, the esteemed trade publication:

Round 2 Overall: 57 Brandon Workman RHP University of Texas Texas

The Longhorns have one of the best college pitching staffs in recent memory, as evidenced by their 2.14 team ERA in mid-May -- and the fact that Workman, their No. 3 starter, could be a first-round pick. The Phillies drafted him in the third round out of high school, but held firm with a $275,000 offer and wouldn't give him the $350,000 he sought. Now he could get four to five times that amount. Unable to secure a spot in the Longhorns rotation as a sophomore, Workman has been more focused and efficient this spring.

His best pitch is a knockout curveball, and he pairs it with a 90-92 m.p.h. fastball that peaks at 96. He has developed a high-80s cutter as a strikeout pitch against left-handers, and he also has some feel for a changeup. His command is better than ever, and he now realizes that he's more effective when he doesn't overthrow, which causes his pitches to flatten out. Workman earned all-star honors in the Cape Cod League the last two summers, leading the league in strikeouts after his freshman season.

3 110 Sean Coyle SS Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, Pa. Pennsylvania

Coyle's older brother Tommy was North Carolina's starting second baseman as a freshman this spring, and Sean will join him in Chapel Hill next year unless a major league club opens up its checkbook. Coyle is undersized at 5-foot-8, 175 pounds, but the consensus among scouts is that he has a legitimate chance to be an everyday big-league second baseman in the Brian Roberts mold. He played shortstop for Germantown Academy and spent some time at DH this spring because of a mild forearm strain.

Coyle might not be tall, but he has plenty of strength in his compact right-handed swing and he makes consistent, hard contact to all fields, though he projects for below-average power. He has above-average speed and is aggressive on the basepaths. Coyle has sure hands and good infield instincts, and he should have solid-average range and arm strength at second base. He is a confident, competitive grinder who gets the most out of his quality tools.

4 143 Garin Cecchini SS Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La. Louisiana

Cecchini established himself as one of the top prep hitters in the 2010 draft class when he led the U.S. 18-and-under national team -- which also featured Bryce Harper [who ended up the No. 1 overall pick] -- in slugging (.708) and on-base percentage (.529) en route to its first-ever gold medal at the Pan American Junior Championship last summer in Venezuela.

He might have hit his way into the first round this spring, but he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and required reconstructive surgery in mid-May. It was his second operation under the knife of Dr. James Andrews, who performed rotator-cuff surgery on him when Cecchini was 12. A 6-foot-3, 195-pounder, he has a fluid left-handed stroke and good pull power. The knee injury isn't a long-term concern because his fringe-average speed isn't a big part of his game and he already was expected to move from shortstop to third base at the next level. His soft hands and strong arm will play well at the hot corner.

He's a baseball rat, no surprise considering his father Glenn is the head coach at perennial Louisiana power Barbe High. His mother Raissa is an assistant coach at Barbe, and his younger brother Gavin is a top infield prospect for the 2012 draft. Though he missed most of the season, it may take first-round money to lure Cecchini away from a Louisiana State commitment. He has enough offensive potential and track record to get that payday and he isn't expected to make it to the second round.

5 173 Henry Ramos OF Alfonso Casta Martinez HS, Maunabo, P.R.

The best power in Puerto Rico belongs to switch-hitting outfielder Ramos, who stands 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds with a strong, athletic frame. He is relatively new to baseball, spending most of his youth as a soccer player, and his power shows up more during batting practice than in games. When he connects, the ball jumps off his bat and goes a long way. Rosario is a below-average runner but is athletic enough and has the arm strength to play right field. He has good makeup and just needs to play every day in order to turn his tools into performance.

6 203 Kendrick Perkins OF La Porte (Texas) HS Texas

Perkins ran for a combined 3,454 yards and 47 touchdowns as a junior and senior football player, breaking a 30-year-old school record for career rushing yards. He received football offers from Kansas, Southern Methodist and Texas Christian, but announced his intention to play baseball going forward. It's easy to dream on Perkins' potential on the diamond. He's a 6-foot-3, 215-pound quick-twitch athlete with left-handed power potential and solid speed.

Because he has been torn between two sports, he's still raw. He doesn't recognize offspeed pitches well and can get caught on his front foot. At the same time, his hands work well at the plate and he does a good job of squaring up pitches. He has enough arm strength and speed to play right field, though his defense will need work. "He's a classic boom or bust player," one area scout said. "He could be Jason Heyward or he could be Choo Freeman." At his best, Perkins can look like a sandwich-round talent, though his lack of refinement could drop him to the third or fourth round.

7 233 Chris Hernandez LHP Miami Florida

Hernandez was Baseball America's 2008 freshman of the year, when he went 11-0, 2.72 for the Hurricanes' College World Series team. Since then, he has continued to pitch well despite having diminished stuff. He relies heavily on his cut fastball, which is his best pitch. It sits in the 82-86 m.p.h. range and helps him get inside hitters' kitchens, avoiding hard contact. Hernandez's velocity is down a tick from earlier in his career, though he will still scrape 90 m.p.h. at times. He pitches more at 85-88 m.p.h. with his fastball and has to locate it precisely at that velocity. His curveball is fringy, and he's improved late in 2010 by using his changeup more, giving hitters a reason to have to cover the outside part of the plate while still being cognizant of the cutter in. Hernandez holds runners well and pounds the strike zone, helping his stuff play up.

8 263 Matthew Price RHP Virginia Tech Virginia

A draft-eligible sophomore, Price has a thin body at 6-foot-3, 170 pounds, and some scouts don't think he'll add much weight because there isn't anywhere to put it. One scout compared his frame to Mike MacDougal's. Price is comparable to teammate Jesse Hahn, but he's a notch below him overall. His fastball sits comfortably at 92-93 m.p.h., and he has shown the ability to touch 94-95 late in games. His curveball is average, but he flashes some that scouts can dream on. His second pitch is a changeup that's an average pitch now and has a chance to get better. His command as a freshman was below-average, but it's average to slightly above now.

The concern with Price is his delivery. His arm is quick, but it's not real loose. There's some stiffness to his delivery as he has a short stride for someone with his height and he lands on a stiff front leg. This causes him to sometimes leave pitches up in the zone. His stuff puts him as a second-round candidate, high enough to consider him signable despite the leverage of returning for his junior season. For the Hokies, Price was 7-3, 4.37 through his first 12 appearances, 10 of which were starts. In 70 innings, he had 68 strikeouts and 21 walks.

9 293 Tyler Barnette RHP Hickory (N.C.) HS North Carolina

Barnette, a Charlotte recruit, offers less projection but sits 87-91 m.p.h. with his fastball and has looseness in his delivery. He fills up the strike zone with his fastball, which is not the case with his curve. While the breaking ball has some shape, he lacks a feel for using it or commanding it.

10 323 Jacob Dahlstrand RHP Memorial HS, Houston Texas

Dahlstrand requires polish, but it's easy to dream on the projectable right-hander. He's 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds and already throws an 88-93 m.p.h. sinker. His secondary pitches and command are erratic because he lacks a consistent release point and often falls toward the first-base side of the mound. He has committed to Houston but may be signable.

11 353 Lucas LeBlanc OF Delgado (La.) JC Louisiana

LeBlanc is a 6-foot-1, 200-pounder with close to average tools across the board, profiling best as a right fielder for pro ball. He redshirted at Southeastern Louisiana in 2008 before playing the last two seasons at Delgado CC, so he's already 21. He may be difficult to sign away from a Louisiana State commitment.

12 383 Garrett Rau RHP California Baptist California

13 413 Keith Couch RHP Adelphi (N.Y.) New York

Couch, a right-hander, has carved up the wood-bat Northeast-10 Conference for three years and went 5-2, 2.24 with 83 strikeouts and 11 walks in 76 innings as a junior this spring. He mixes four pitches but profiles best as a sinker/slider reliever. He works in the 88-91 m.p.h. range with his sinker and has touched 93. His slider can be average at times and his curveball and changeup are below-average but serviceable. Couch has an upright finish to his delivery, but some looseness in his 6-foot-2 frame. Couch has a chance to be drafted inside the top 10 rounds.

14 443 Mike Hollenbeck C Joliet Township (Ill.) HS Illinois

Hollenbeck's receiving skills are raw, but he has a strong arm, left-handed power potential and a pro body (6-foot-2, 210 pounds). The buzz is that the catching-needy Red Sox could take him in the first 10 rounds.

15 473 Steve Wilkerson SS Pope HS, Marietta, Ga. Georgia

The one weakness in Georgia's prep class was the lack of legitimate middle infielders, as most of the top athletes look more like future outfielders. One who should be able to stay in the infield is Wilkerson, a switch-hitter with good size at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds with plus tools and athleticism. Wilkerson has the arm strength for shortstop if he can harness the accuracy on his throws, and he's an above-average runner, having run sub-6.6-second times in the 60-yard dash at the East Coast Pro showcase last summer. He has potential with the bat as well, though he's a bit raw at the plate. Some scouts see him more as a second baseman at the pro level. It may be difficult to pry him away from his Clemson commitment, but the home-state Braves could be the team to do it.

16 503 Adam Duke RHP Spanish Fork (Utah) HS Utah

Duke's father, Dev, was killed on July 4, 2001, when a fireworks stand he was running blew over on top of him during a strong windstorm. Duke has persevered through that adversity, however, and will likely be the highest-drafted pitcher from the Beehive State since Mark Pawelek was a first-round pick by the Cubs in 2005. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Duke looked good in the summer and was on the rise early this spring when he threw the ball 92-95 m.p.h. with a sharp curveball and a changeup with some fade. His velocity dipped down to 85-89 late in the year. Some teams thought he might be hurt, while others thought he may have been coasting a bit, or it may have been a dead-arm period. He was back up to 92 in his team's first playoff game, twirling a one-hit shutout.

Duke throws from a three-quarters arm slot, and his fastball gets late tailing action and jumps in on hitters. He's polished for a high school pitcher and fills up the strike zone with all of his pitches. He's a good athlete and plays shortstop when he's not on the mound. He also works fast and understands the finer points of the game, like setting up hitters and holding runners. Duke is a bulldog on the mound. His brother Brock is a freshman right-hander at Utah, and Adam is considered a tough sign away from his Oregon State commitment.

17 533 Jason Garcia RHP Land O'Lakes (Fla.) HS Florida

18 563 Dallas Chadwick RHP Shasta HS, Redding, Calif. California

19 593 Eric Jaffe RHP Bishop O'Dowd HS, Oakland California

Jaffe stands out as the most likely Northern California high school player to be drafted. His size and present stuff immediately get attention. For the sake of comparison, it can be said that he is similar to Matt Hobgood, a first-round pick of the Orioles last year. Like Hobgood, Jaffe is a big-bodied right-hander (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) with two-plus present pitches. Also like Hobgood, Jaffe is an accomplished high school hitter with plus raw power, not to mention soft hands around the first-base bag.

He likes to swing the bat and that could complicate his signability because Jaffe likely will get the chance to hit if he attends California. However, it is his combination of a fastball that reaches up to 95 and a wipeout power curveball that has scouts preferring him on the mound. He has also added a split-finger fastball. Jaffe has displayed some command issues in the past but is a good athlete, and the more time he spends on the mound, the better the command will be.

20 623 Roderick Shoulders C Brandon (Fla.) HS Florida

A massive corner infielder nicknamed "Rock," Shoulders has as much raw power as anyone in the state and switch-hits on top of that. He could get himself in better shape but still generates plenty of strength and leverage at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds. He's been on the scene since youth ball and helped lead Brandon High to a deep playoff run as a sophomore in 2008 before missing most of '09 with a torn labrum in his left (nonthrowing) shoulder. He has probably outgrown catcher, his former position, and projects more at first base, though he has the arm strength to try third. He's a below-average runner, which probably prohibits a move to the outfield.

21 653 Mason Justice RHP Holland Hall HS, Tulsa, Okla. Oklahoma

22 683 Trace Tam Sing 2B Newport HS, Bellevue, Wash. Washington

Shortstop Trace Tam Sing is an athletic 6 feet and 175 pounds and plays with intensity. He shows aptitude with the bat but takes big hacks, so scouts would like to see him tone down his swing to become a gap-to-gap hitter instead of trying to blast everything out of the ballpark. He's an average runner with good hands and a strong arm at shortstop. Tam Sing is projected as a seventh- to 10th-rounder, but could be a tough sign in that range because of a strong commitment to Washington State.

23 713 Austin Wright LHP Chipola JC Florida

24 743 Sean Yost RHP Nebraska Nebraska

25 773 Tyler Lockwood RHP Texas Christian Texas

27 833 Jay Gonzalez OF Freedom Florida

New Englanders drafted on Day 1

June, 8, 2010
UNC righty Matt Harvey was the first player with local ties to come off the board during Monday night’s first-year player draft. The Mystic, Conn. native and former Fitch High School (Groton, Conn.) star was taken with the seventh overall pick by the New York Mets.

Harvey was originally selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the third round (118th overall) of the 2007 draft, but did not sign.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder is a hard thrower --’s draft report had him at 96-97 mph this season. Last season at UNC, Harvey went 8-3 with a 3.09 ERA over 96 innings with 102 strikeouts.

Harvey also spent two summers with the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod League.

UConn junior third baseman Mike Olt, a former three-time All-State at Branford (Conn.) High, was the next local to come off the list, taken 49th overall by Texas in Compensatory Round A. The converted shortstop and former freshman All-America batted .318 for the Huskies and ranked second in the Big East in home runs (23).

Olt is considered an above-average power hitter. He also ranked fourth in the conference in runs batted in (76) and led the Huskies in slugging percentage (.659).

MLB draft Red Sox draft preview

June, 7, 2010
It’s that time of year again for prospect-followers, as the baseball’s first-year player draft is set to get underway Monday night at 7 p.m. ET. The draft will take place over the course of three days this year, with Monday night’s phase covering the first round and the supplemental compensation round. Day 2 will start at noon Tuesday, covering rounds 2 through 30, and Day 3 will kick off at noon on Wednesday, covering rounds 31 through 50.

This year’s draft will be notable for the Red Sox for two reasons. Primarily, it will be the first draft captained by Amiel Sawdaye, Boston’s new director of amateur scouting. Sawdaye took the helm of the scouting department in January after spending five years as assistant director to Jason McLeod, who departed to become San Diego’s assistant general manager in December. Additionally, this draft bodes large for Boston because the Sox will have four selections in the first 57 picks, starting with number 20, Boston’s highest pick since 2003. Here is a summary of Boston’s selections in this week’s draft:

Day 1
No. 20 overall: First-round compensation pick for Billy Wagner, from Atlanta
No. 36 overall: Supplemental-round compensation pick for Jason Bay
No. 39 overall: Supplemental-round compensation pick for Billy Wagner

Day 2
No. 57 overall: Second-round compensation pick for Jason Bay, from New York (NL)
No. 110 overall: Third-round pick
No. 143 overall: Fourth-round pick
No. 175 overall: Fifth-round pick
28th selection in rounds 6-30

Day 3
28th selection in rounds 31-50

Lost picks
No. 29 overall: Compensation sent to Los Angeles (AL) for signing John Lackey
No. 80 overall: Compensation sent to Toronto for signing Marco Scutaro

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