Keith law has named his early winners and losers for the 2013 MLB Draft, and...the Red Sox are in neither category. Hey, solidly middle ground is fine by me. But he's also provided a quick list of his ten best players who have yet to be snatched up, and with the Sox set to draft relatively early again, it's worth a look.
At the top of his list is Kyle Serrano, who was ranked #21 by Law and #35 by Baseball America in their respective lists before the draft. A strong right-handed pitcher with a fastball that can touch the mid-90s, the real key to Serrano is a too-good curveball. He's committed to Tennessee, but given the Sox' first two picks, they likely have some cash to splash even as the later rounds arrive.
Second is Jon Denney, who we've covered here before. The folks over at Crawfish Boxes actually liked him enough to slot him to us in a mock draft at #7 overall. A highschool catcher with some star potential, depending on who you ask, Denney would be a fantastic pick up as late as the third round.
One man who has fallen due to injury concerns is Law's fifth choice, Wil Crowe. He's a tall righty who has an advanced repertoire for a highschool pitcher which has allowed him to rack up some nasty strikeouts against inexperienced competition. But for ACL issues, Crowe would seem the sort of safe pick that so many franchises would have been comfortable making in the second round.
A half-familiar name appears at number seven in Jacob Brentz. A lefty with a fastball that has touched 97, Brentz has made it no secret that he's going to want big dollars to be lured away from Missouri. With the Sox having gone with seemingly signable players in the first two rounds, this might be where they make a big over-slot splash. Assuming, of course, he agrees not to shoot himself in the leg.
The first two rounds are over, but there's still some very first-round type talent to be had for the discerning team. Stay tuned as we head into day two this afternoon.
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