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 11 to 20
- Red Sox draft results, rounds 21 to 30
Round 31: Nick Duron, 921st overall
Duron attends Clark Community College, and threw part of a combined no-hitter for the Penguins back in early April. He's just 19 years old, as he's just finished his first season in the junior college program.
Round 32: Clate Schmidt, 951st overall
Schmidt is a 21-year-old junior out of Clemson, and the right-hander hasn't had a whole lot of success on the mound in his three years at the university. He struck out just 32 batters in 52 innings this spring, splitting time between relief and starting, so maybe the Sox will get a little bit more out of him by converting him to the pen full-time.
Round 33: Cal Smith, 981st overall
Smith is the son of a Red Sox scout, and there is nothing wrong with a good old-fashioned nepotism pick in round 33. (Or, rather than throw lines that could be interpreted as accusations around, there is nothing wrong with the appearance of a nepotism pick, either. Hey, 40 picks is a lot of picks.) He's a lefty-batting second baseman out of Fort Worth Christian School in Texas, who could join a whole host of second basemen the Sox already have in the system.
Round 34: Nick Lovullo, 1011st overall
Speaking of drafting relatives, Lovullo is the son of current Red Sox bench coach Tony Lovullo. He's a junior at College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, and also a shortstop. His line doesn't sing too loudly, but he did manage a .410 on-base percentage and walk more often than he struck out this season, so maybe he'll make some noise in the minors.
Round 35: Tyler Spoon, 1041st overall
The Red Sox took another outfielder out of Arkansas -- that's where first rounder Andrew Benintendi is from -- but this time they selected a senior. Are they drafting him because they like him, or because he's buddies with Benintendi and it'll be cool for their top pick to have a familiar face around? I only ask this question because there is no scouting report on him, and to give y'all something to think about besides his .505 slugging and lack of strikeouts. Given that last tidbit, it's probably a little of both.
Where does Benintendi rank in the Sox system?
The Red Sox picked a center fielder out of Arkansas with their first selection in the 2015 MLB draft, so let's give him some context.
Also, dude's name is Tyler Spoon, so I hope he signs. He was selected in the 36th round by the A's in 2014, but didn't sign, but this is his last chance to do so as a senior.
Round 36: Trevor Kelley, 1071st overall
A senior out of UNC, Kelley is a right-handed pitcher who showed some ability in relief the last few years. While he was a disaster in his short time pitching as a freshman, he's posted an ERA of 3.02, and struck out 2.5 times as many batters as he's walked. Of course, you can only tell so much from college stats -- and that so much is not a whole lot! -- but it's about all you've got to look at when someone signable is picked after 1,070 other guys.
Round 37: Adam Lau, 1101st overall
Lau is a junior at the University of Birmingham, he's still a bit young, as he won't turn 21 until after the seasonal-age threshold has passed, and batted .254/.364/.380 this year in 45 games. He seemed to strike out an awful lot, but he also stole 12 bases in 14 attempts, but before you get too interested in all of that, know that Boston drafted him as a right-handed pitcher.
He thrived in his time on the mound, breaking out this spring with 12 strikeouts per nine over his 31-2/3 innings in 22 games. The control was not there for Lau at all, as he handed out free passes to 18 batters, but maybe pro coaches can help him streamline things and bump up that K/BB with time.
Round 38: CJ Ballard, 1131st overall
Ballard is a high school center fielder, and this spring he was given a second-team honorable mention on Perfect Game's All-American Southeast team. He's committed to Georgia Southern, and is already 18 years old, as he was born in January.
Round 39: Daniel Reyes, 1161st overall
Reyes ranks 189th on Baseball America's top-500, and his go-thing is power potential. Don't fall in love with said potential yet, however, as chances are good he will honor his commitment to Florida rather than sign, especially when he was picked in the 39th round. This gives the Red Sox a chance to talk to the prospect, though, and who knows: maybe they'll still have money leftover, or go for Reyes instead of some of the other overslot guys they've drafted.
If they do, they'll have themselves a likely future left fielder who can hit for power. He has to hit for power, though, because the arm supposedly isn't coming, and he's not a strong defender already despite his youth and lack of adult size. Baseball America says that if he does sign, his team would have to "work with him to develop his pitch recognition skills." Maybe it wouldn't be terrible if the Sox try to sign some of their other intriguing picks and let Florida's coaching put down a pitch-recognition baseline the next few years.
Round 40: DJ Artis, 1191st overall
He's a 5-foot-9, 165-pound high school center fielder from Southeast Guilford High in North Carolina. Artis was a first-team honorable mention All-American from Perfect Game, and the lefty is currently committed to Liberty University in Virginia.