With the #45 pick in the 2013 MLB draft, Boston's second overall, the Red Sox selected junior college right-handed pitcher Teddy Stankiewicz. He was drafted by the Mets in the second round last year, but declined to sign when the Mets offered him a deal under slot, and instead went to a junior college -- Seminole State College -- in order to be draft-eligible for 2013. Now, selected 30 spots ahead of where he was in 2012, he might end up with an offer that gets him to sign.
Baseball America has the skinny on his stuff:
...boosting his fastball consistently into the low 90s and topping out at 96 mph as the weather warmed up. He'll flash a plus slider that he can throw as hard as 85 mph, but he also uses a curveball and can get caught in between the two pitches. He has worked to improve his aptitude with his changeup.
He's not as tall as Boston's first-rounder, lefty Trey Ball, but he's still 6-4, and has already put on the muscle that Ball will need to -- Stankiewicz is listed at 215 pounds. Baseball America warns that his delivery probably needs work -- not because of his size, however -- but that sounds like the kind of thing the Red Sox can iron out if he signs.
MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo says that Stankiewicz's secondary stuff needs work -- likely a result of the aforementioned delivery, which Baseball America believes costs him some plane on his pitches -- but that it has the potential to be average in the big leagues. Combine that with his promising fastball, and you get a pitcher who just might stick as a mid-rotation starter. If the secondary stuff doesn't come along, though, or just one of his breaking ball or change-up improves, there's always relief. With the first pick, that would be disappointing, but at #45, a back-end reliever with a lively fastball is a quality return on your investment.
Remember, this is the draft pick that the Red Sox spent the winter protecting. Their first-round selection wasn't in danger of being lost as free agent compensation, thanks to being in the top-10, so #45 was always the one they would have to give up. With the Sox winning, the immediate pressure of being the player selected with that pick should be lessened. I'm sure you can imagine a scenario in which everyone hated this player before he even played, though, just because the Red Sox could have [insert free-agent-savior here] instead.
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