MLB Draft 2014: Rounding up Red Sox' Day 2 picks

Rich Schultz

Rounding up Boston's draft picks from the first 10 rounds.

Day 3 of the MLB Draft may consist of 30 more rounds worth of selections, but the real meat of the thing is behind us now, with the first two days and ten rounds in the books.

We've covered the first five rounds of the draft already:

Round 1: Michael Chavis

Round 1S: Michael Kopech

Round 2: Sam Travis

Round 3: Jake Cosart

Round 4: Kevin McAvoy

Round 5: Josh Ockimey

But how did the rest of Day 2 go for Boston? Let's take a quick look at rounds six-through-ten.

Round 6: Danny Mars, CF

The Red Sox broke form with their first six picks of the draft, making 20-year-old Mars the first pick of the sort we're used to seeing from them: athletic up-the-middle players with some questions at the plate. Mars is a switch-hitting version of the quintessential leadoff man of old: a slap-hitter who can run the bases and projects to stick in center. He's not Jacoby Ellsbury--he was drafted in the sixth round, not the first--but excepting the 2011 MVP-style Ellsbury, that's at least the kind of game he might be expected to play.

Round 7: Reed Reilly, RHP

The closer for Cal Poly, the 22-year-old Reilly might just be the first member of this class to reach the majors. He doesn't have much in the way of a repertoire, relying heavily on the fastball he is most comfortable with. The Red Sox might well be content to let him focus in on one other offering just enough to give batters pause, and have themselves a serviceable-or-better bullpen arm in relatively quick order.

Round 8: Ben Moore, C/OF

Given Fenway's odd dimensions, a corner outfielder needs to either bring plenty of offense to justify playing in front of the Monster, or plenty of range to cover right field. Alabama's Ben Moore doesn't necessarily match either description, which is why the Red Sox have drafted him as a catcher. If he can make the switch back behind the plate, his excellent contact abilities will look a lot more impressive there than in left.

Round 9: Kevin Steen, RHP

The classic Red Sox lottery ticket pick. Steen has a lot going for him physically, but isn't necessarily much of a baseball player at the moment. If he joins the Red Sox, dropping basketball and a commitment to play at Tennessee, they'll have some good clay to mold. He is, however, entirely what they make of him: low floor, high ceiling.

Round 10: Cole Sturgeon, OF

It wouldn't be a Red Sox draft without at least one two-way player. Sturgeon can not only hit for contact, producing a .325 batting average in his senior season with Louisville, but can pitch to avoid it, striking out 35 in 34 innings of relief. He's a guy who does a lot of things decently, but nothing exceptionally, meaning he's got a better chance of reaching the majors than some 10th round picks might, but is far less likely to make a real impact than, say, the aforementioned lottery ticket in Kevin Steen.

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