The Red Sox made nine picks over the course of the first two days of the 2015 MLB Draft, but now on day three, things are going to add up fast. Boston will make 30 picks on Wednesday, so we'll take them 10 at a time, and pick out the most intriguing of them to discuss at further length.
We'll cover these in three posts over the course of the day, so you won't have to wait until the whole draft is over to see who is who and where.
- Red Sox draft Andrew Benintendi 7th overall
- Red Sox draft results, rounds 3 to 10
- Red Sox draft results, rounds 21 to 30
- Red Sox draft results, rounds 31 to 40
Round 11: Nicholas Hamilton, 321st overall
Hamilton is a switch-hitting high school outfielder, and ranks 440th on Baseball America's top-500. He didn't even start to play baseball until he was a sophomore, and as he was a northern player -- Hamilton hails from upstate New York -- he wasn't able to make up for lost time to the degree someone from warmer climates might have. BA rates his speed as an 80 on the 20-80 scouting scale, but he's very raw otherwise, even if he shows potential at the plate.
It's hard to tell if he'll cost more than the $100,000 maximum allowed for picks from rounds 11 onward -- teams can give out larger bonuses here, but every dollar over $100,000 counts against the draft budget for the first 10 rounds -- but as a high school pick who ranks as a prospect, he might.
Round 12: Kevin Kelleher, 351st overall
Kelleher is a senior and a right-handed pitcher out of the University of New Orleans. He walked almost four batters per nine in his 54-1/3 innings working as both a starter and a reliever this spring, but also struck out almost 12 batters per. If he can get his wildness under control -- he threw 12 (yes 12) wild pitches in addition to the free passes -- then there will be more to talk about. That's what pro coaching staffs are for, though, so we'll see if they've got this.
Round 13: Matthew Kent, 381st overall
Kent is a southpaw out of Texas A&M, and another senior who will be 23 before the year is out. Kent had full-season workloads as a sophomore and a junior (while also pitching in the college-level Northwoods summer league those years), but made just five appearances -- all starts -- in the spring of 2015. He also only walked two batters in his 35-1/3 innings of work, so it's a safe guess to assume the Sox believe he can do something with all that control against professional competition.
He's always had the control, but the strikeouts were new. He's also not particularly large, as he's six feet tall, but listed at 180 pounds. Relief prospect guided by his control, perhaps?
Round 14: Bobby Poyner, 411th overall
A lefty out of the University of Florida, Poyner is a senior, but also a legitimate draft prospect. Baseball America rated him 277th in their top-500, and it sounds like, while he has experience starting, relief is really where he can be of use. Poyner attacks hitters and throws plenty of strikes, and a lefty who can do that can certainly be of use so long as it keeps up.
The knock is that he lacks "overwhelming" stuff, but if he can throw quality strikes with his fastball and complement it with a big-league slider, he'll manage just the same. As a ranked prospect, expect him to maybe pull in more money than the seniors the Sox drafted in the first 10 rounds, but maybe not so much that his bonus goes against the allotted draft pool in any way.
Round 15: Jerry Downs, 441st overall
After three pitchers in a row, the Red Sox went for an outfielder out of St. Thomas University. Downs is a junior, and has hit nine homers this year while batting .349/.493/.556 with 12 steals in 16 attempts. He seems to have some control of the strike zone, whiffing 39 times against 44 walks, but the thing that maybe sticks out the most is that he was hit by a pitch on 24 occasions in 2015.
Hey, if you can keep it up without breaking every bone in your body, it's a skill of sorts. Ask Carlos Quent... oh.
Round 16: Marcus Brakeman, 471st overall
He's a right-hander out of Stanford, and he's also ranked 141st on Baseball America's top-500. There is risk here, as he was limited in 2015 thanks to arm soreness, but he's played for Team USA and in the Cape Cod League, and you know the Red Sox can't say no to that combination.
When healthy, his fastball is in the mid-90s, and he has flashed spectacular control in the past. The fact he fell this far in the draft likely speaks to concerns about his long-term chances as a starter combined with concerns he wouldn't be easily signed coming off of a down year -- he still has his senior season to prove himself and attempt to be drafted more in line with his potential.
The Sox will probably have to go over the $100,000 threshold to get Brakeman to stay, but so long as they sign their three seniors from the first 10 rounds to well below slot deals, and maybe get Jagger Rusconis for less than slot value as well, that should be possible.
Round 17: Chad De La Guerra, 501st overall
He's a 5-foot-11 second baseman and senior out of Grand Canyon University, and he'll be 23 years old in November. He batted .344/.401/.544 this spring, with a similar line as a junior in 2014.
Round 18: James Nelson, 531st overall
A high school shortstop in round 18 -- one who will still be 17 until after MLB's regular season is over -- sounds like the kind of player who might cost more than the $100,000 threshold for picks from these rounds. He's not ranked on Baseball America's top-500, however, and while MLB made a video for him -- which you can watch his enormous delayed leg kick in -- they didn't write up a scouting report. So, maybe he's a more under-the-radar prospect than his age and level lead you to believe at first.
Round 19: Logan Boyd, 561st overall
His name is Logan and he's a lefty from Texas, so expect to hear me talk about him again at some point for those reasons alone. The junior is listed at 6-foot-2 and tops 200 pounds, and pitched for Sam Houston State over the last three seasons. Nothing in particular pops out from his time there -- he struck out some hitters, but not a lot, walked some, but not too many -- but again: his name is Logan and he's a lefty from Texas.
Well, he went to school in Texas, but that sort of counts. He couldn't choose where he was born, you know.
Round 20: Yomar Valentin, 591st overall
Not only is he from the Beltran Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico, but he's also the son of former major-leaguer Jose Valentin. Valentin ranks 330 on BA's top-500, and he's a high schooler who won't turn 18 until the day after Christmas. The second baseman is small, listed at 5-foot-7 and 155 pounds -- and they don't list you under 5-9 unless they can't possibly get away with doing so. With that said, though, BA also says he's capable of playing "above his size", and we know the Sox love dudes like that.
He's an Auburn commit, so who knows if he'll sign now, but these are the rounds you pick these kinds of players in. All the Sox need is for one or two of them to decide to go pro now, and they've got new prospects.