2012 MLB Draft: Boston Red Sox Select Austin Maddox At #118

The Boston Red Sox have selected Austin Maddox with the 118th pick of the 2012 MLB Draft.

Maddox has undergone quite the transformation since being drafted in the late rounds of the 2009 draft. At that point a high school catcher, Maddox now finds himself in an entirely different role. His team's roster in Florida left him an infielder, and a failure to adapt to advanced pitching and new bats left him a pitcher instead.

As the closer for the Gators, Maddox has found some new success, featuring a low-mid 90s fastball which can miss bats with some regularity. He doesn't have much in the way of secondary stuff, and what's there is in need of refinement, but given his limited time on the mound that's certainly the sort of thing some time with the Sox could provide him.

It will be interesting to see if Maddox' former promise as a position player factored into Boston's choice at all. He was once a legitimate talent behind the plate, and it probably doesn't hurt his status at a pitcher that he's done so well despite having his focus elsewhere for much of his career. If the Sox see something that promises more either at the plate or on the mound, then Maddox could certainly surprise.

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