2012 MLB Draft: Boston Red Sox Select Pat Light At #37

With the last pick of day one for Boston, the second of two that came their way thanks to Jonathan Papelbon's departure, the Red Sox have selected Pat Light out of Monmouth. The right-hander is listed at 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, and if his secondary stuff projects to develop enough he could start. However, he also has the velocity and fastball to succeed as a high-leverage reliever, should that be what the Red Sox require of him.

Light throws 90-96 with a fastball that Baseball America describes as plus-plus, and also features a slider and a change-up, both of which need work. The slider is described as "slurvy" right now, and needs to tighten up. He has potential to sink his fastball in addition to the velocity, a positive regardless of the role he ends up in.

This is the second time Light has been drafted, as the Twins picked him in the 28th round of the 2009 draft. Light instead headed to college, and after walking just 52 batters against 196 strikeouts in 234 innings from 20010-2012, he's now potentially in the Red Sox system.

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