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
Hometown: Davie, Fla.
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
No. 31 Brian Johnson: LHP/1B, University of Florida
Hometown: Cocoa Beach, Fla.
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
Hometown: Colts Neck, N.J.
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.