The Red Sox have selected Myles Smith, a right-handed pitcher out of Lee University with their fourth round pick in the 2013 MLB draft.
Smith, 21, isn't the biggest guy in the world at 6'1" and 175 pounds. But with a fastball that sits low-mid 90s, a strong changeup, and a breaking ball that shows potential if not consistency, he certainly packs a punch on the mound, and has even played in the infield, though Boston drafted him as a right-handed pitcher. The Sox certainly do love their two-way players, don't they?
There's a general consensus that Smith is destined for the bullpen, which wouldn't be all that surprising given his size. And there he could be valuable even if his third offering doesn't develop at all. But the Red Sox do not typically draft relievers as relievers. Smith should get a chance to start, and if he can develop his breaking ball and prove the scouts wrong with his ability to last, he could have the repertoire to make it work.
It seems like a bit of a let down after Denney, but Denney was something special for a second-day pick. Smith seems like the sort of player who's likely to provide value down the line in some shape or form, and for a fourth round pick in a relatively weak class, there's nothing wrong with that.
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