2012 Draft Recap: Day One

With a new General Manager and new rules in place, the 2012 Amatuer Player Draft would surely be an interesting one for the Boston Red Sox. Known to be big spenders when it comes to amateur talent the Sox are now forced to be more cautious with their money as spending over the allotted bonus pool would lead to harsh penalties from the league. With the signing deadline now pushed up to the middle of July don’t be surprised to see some of these faces in Spinners uniforms by the end of the season.

The Red Sox had three picks on day one: No. 24 and No. 31 and 37 as compensation for losing Jonathan Papelbon to the Philadelphia Phillies.

No. 24 Deven Marrero: SS, Arizona State University

Born: August 25, 1990

Height: 6-1

Weight: 194

Hometown: Davie, Fla.

Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Deven Marrero Scouting Video

Marrero was a highly touted player coming into his junior season at ASU, and was seen by scouts as the second best collegiate player on the draft board. But after hitting only .284 through 54 games (due in part to an ankle injury) his draft stock fell and the Red Sox grabbed him with the No. 24 pick. Despite having an off year at the plate, Marrero was still a master in

the field. He was named the 2011 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and was named first team Pac-12/10 All-Conference in 2011 and again in 2012. Marrero has made 145 career starts at ASU and has led the team to being the No. 1 national seed in the College World Series. He set an ASU freshman record with a team leading .397 batting average on his way to being named 2010 Freshman All-American. The Red Sox who have been known to put a lot of worth on summer baseball were impressed that Marrero was able to lead Team USA in hits (19) and RBI (14) in just 14 games last season. He was also named a Cape Cod League All-Star for Cotuit where he hit .326/.360/.413.

No. 31 Brian Johnson: LHP/1B, University of Florida


Height: 6-3

Weight: 235

Hometown: Cocoa Beach, Fla.

Bats/Throws: Left/Left

Brian Johnson Scouting Video

Johnson who has been a two-way player his whole career at Florida will most likely be asked to focus specifically on pitching with the Red Sox. This athletic lefty has a solid four-pitch mix with a fastball sitting in the 88-

92 m.p.h. range and an above-average slider to go along with a curve and changeup. Johnson is known for having good command of his pitches and having a good mound presence. So far with the Gators, who are now hosting a Super Regional, Johnson is 8-4 in 16 starts with an ERA of 3.56 (37 runs in 86 innings). He has 68 strikeouts, while only walking 15 and is holding opposing batters to a .242 average. With the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox last summer on the Cape he struck out 19 and walked four batters in 14.2 to go with an ERA of 4.30. Scouts often compare Johnson to Joe Saunders of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

No. 37 Pat Light: RHP, Monmouth University

Born: March 29,1991

Height: 6-6

Weight: 200

Hometown: Colts Neck, N.J.

Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Pat Light Scouting Video

Light is your prototypical big right-handed pitcher. He has a powerful fastball, which can hit up to 96 m.p.h., to go along with a slider and changeup,

both of which he needs to continue to develop at the professional level to be an effective big league pitcher. Light was dominant for Monmouth thisseason with an ERA of 2.40 over 101.1 innings. He tallied 102 strikeouts while walking only 16.



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