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MLB Draft 2013 results: Red Sox select catcher Jon Denney #81 overall

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With their third-round pick, the Red Sox went with a POSITION.

Mike Stobe

The Red Sox selected a lefty and a righty with their first two picks in the 2013 MLB draft, but now they've picked someone to catch them in the third: Boston selected high school backstop Jon Denney #81 overall.

Denney was ranked #25 by Baseball America in their top-500, and was considered a potential first-round pick: getting him in the third is a significant get for the Red Sox, assuming they can sign him.

MLB.com ranked him the #20 prospect, stating he has the "complete package" for the position. From the sounds of it, his bat should play at other positions if he can't stick behind the plate: while MLB.com is high on his defense, not everyone is, with Jason Churchill saying he's a "fringe defender," but also praising his bat thanks to bat speed and pull power.

Denney might end up signing over slot, but if the Red Sox can make money appear from elsewhere in the draft by going under slot with other picks, that won't be a problem.

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