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.
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 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.
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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|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.