2009 MLB Draft Brings Fresh Faces

Today marks the third and final day of the 2009 MLB Draft. The Red Sox have thus far had a very impressive draft, taking a number of players that fell due to signability issues (players asking for money comparable to the top players taken in the draft because they think they can get picked higher next year or have a strong college commitment, so they would need a large bonus to sign).

We will recap who the Sox have taken thus far and who is likely to play here in Lowell this season.

In the first round the Red Sox Selected Reymond Fuentes, a CF out of Fernando Callejo High School.

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 Fuentes is a relative of Mets CF Carlos Beltran. He is a fast, runner who plays solid defense and projects to have decent power and hit for average at the plate. In the best of projections, he is similar to Johnny Damon.

In the second round the Sox selected Alex Wilson out of Texas A&M

 Alex Wilsonhttp://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?topic_id=4961152&content_id=4759201

 

Alex may be here in Lowell this season. Wilson projected as a possible first-round pick before he blew out his elbow in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2007.  His control has been sharp (105-18 K-BB ratio in 75 innings) for a pitcher in his first season back after elbow reconstruction. He has touched 94 mph with his fastball before his elbow surgery and most recently sits around 88-91. He will most likely be used as a starter in the minors.

In the third round the sox selected the highly touted David Renfroe.

 

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Renfroe is one of the top high school players in the country and plays shortstop. He also pitches and features a fastball that sits at 93 mph. Renfroe is projected to be a quality hitter that hits for power and who the Red Sox see as an impact bat in the future.

The fourth round saw the Sox select Jeremy Hazelbaker. A Center fielder out of Ball State. Jeremy may play for Lowell this upcoming season. Hazelbaker is adept at getting on base and hitting for average, he profiles as a lead off hitter. He just recentley started playing the outfield after playing as a second baseman.

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In the fifth round the Sox selected Seth Schwindenhammer, a power hitting outfielder from Limestone Community High School.

 

The rest of the draft so far went as follows:

6 Branden Kline RHP Governor Thomas Johnson HS (MD)
7 Madison Younginer RHP Mauldin HS (SC)
8 Shannon Wilkerson OF Augusta State
9 Kendal Volz RHP Baylor
10 Brandon Jacobs OF Parkview HS (GA)
11 Jason Thompson SS Germantown HS (TN)
12 Michael Thomas C Southern A&M
13 Chris McGuiness 1B The Citadel
14 Willie Holmes OF Chaffey College
15 Michael Bugary LHP UC-Berkeley
16 Luke Bard RHP Charlotte Christian (NC)
17 Kraig Sitton LHP Oregon State
18 Renny Parthemore RHP Cedar Cliff HS (PA)
19 Tom Ebert RHP Florida International
20 Alex Hassan RHP Duke
21 Randall Fant LHP Texas HS (TX)
22 Jordan Flasher RHP George Mason
23 Chris Court RHP Stephen F. Austin
24 Dan Kemp SS Tantasqua Regional (MA)
25 Austin House RHP La Cueva HS (NM)
26 Miles Head 3B/C Whitewater HS (GA)
27 Reed Gragnani SS Mills E Godwin HS (VA)
28 Eric Curtis RHP Miami Dade CC South
29 Cody Stubbs 1B Tuscola HS (NC)
30 Jeremiah Bayer RHP Trinity College (CT)

Players you may have a chance to see in Lowell include college draftees such as Shannon Wilkerson, Kendal Volz, Michael Thomas, Chris McGuiness, Willie Holmes. Michael Bugary, Kraig Sitton, Tom Ebert, Alex Hassan, Jordan Flasher, Eric Curtis and Jeremiah Bayer.

The actual assignments to teams for all draftees is contingent upon them signing before the August 15th deadline, and is also completley speculation, as we have no direct information as of yet where the draftees will be assigned. Also of note is Luke Bard is the brother of current Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard. We will post about the rest of the draft later today, and will keep you updated about player movement.

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2 comments

  1. Jim Wilson

    Just so everyone knows, Alex’s velocity is not down. He maintained his 91 to 95 velocity throughout the season. Rumors of tired arm etc were just rumors. He is in Lowell now.

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