The final day of the MLB Draft is here, and we’re going to keep you up-to-date, even though it’s a Saturday. (Seriously, MLB: who scheduled this draft so that the day with the most picks would fall on a Saturday?)
If you missed any of our day one or day two coverage, you can find it below.
- Red Sox select Jason Groome 12th overall
- Red Sox select C.J. Chatham 51st overall
- Jason Groome wants "top 5 money," no deal in place
- Reviewing rounds 3 through 10
And now, for rounds 11 through 20 of the 2016 MLB Draft.
Round 11: Nick Quintana, 328th overall
Quintana ranks higher on Baseball America’s pre-draft top-500 than almost everyone the Red Sox drafted on Friday in rounds three through 10. Mike Shawaryn is the exception at 77, and Bobby Dalbec nearly made it at 118, but Quintana’s ranking of 114 puts him as the fourth "best" prospect the Sox drafted. Quotes around best because these are draft prospects we’re talking about: they’re more hypothetical than anything except international free agents.
He's a high school senior, which also means the Red Sox might not be able to pull him away from his commitment to Arizona. Baseball America thought he might be picked in the first three rounds because of his bat alone, which should tell you something about the chances of signing him here in the 11th. On the bright side, if the Sox have any money leftover from their pursuit of Groome, Quintana will only count against the budget for the dollars spent over $100,000. Of course, he might want many increments of $100,000, meaning he might just be insurance for if Groome doesn't sign.
Round 12: Matthew Gorst, 358th overall
Matthew Gorst is a 6-foot-1 right-hander out of Georgia Tech. The 21-year-old junior ranked 462 on Baseball America’s top-500, and his success came out of nowhere. He was awful in his first two seasons in college, but then had surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow and followed that up with a 0.55 ERA, control he never before showed, and was just one inning shy of setting a school record for ERA. There might be a reliever here, post-surgery, and the Sox should be able to find out without it interfering with their draft budget at all.
Round 13: Brady Bramlett, 388th overall
Bramlett is a college senior out of Ole Miss, and he's a big one. The right-hander is 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds, and he’ll be 23 shortly after the 2016 Minor League Baseball season ends. He struck out 96 batters in 82 innings in his senior season, and did so as a starter, so it’s fair to wonder if his whole game will take a positive bump from a shift to the bullpen. He’s certainly built like a starter, but that doesn’t mean he’ll succeed as one in the pros.
Round 14: Robby Sexton, 418th overall
Sexton is another senior hurler, but he’s a lefty. He threw strikes at Wright State University, striking out four times as many batters as he walked over 13 starts and 67 innings. If he can throw strikes and he’s left-handed, toss him in the pen and see what he can do there.
Round 15: Michael Wilson, 448th overall
Wilson is a high school shortstop out of New Jersey. The 18-year-old also played outfield during his time with Colonia High School, as well as third base and even a little bit of pitching. He’s also not ranked by Baseball America, so he might just be the kind of high schooler the Red Sox can sign. Then again, he's also committed to Stony Brook, so it might be in his best interest to keep on playing there and see if he can do better than the 15th round as he ages.
Round 16: Alberto Schmidt, 478th overall
A high school catcher, Schmidt is 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds. He’s already 19 — he turned as much less than two weeks ago -- and has some pretty intriguing pop times according to Perfect Game. Schmidt was at 1.82 seconds, which is impressive among catchers who aren’t Christian Vazquez. Speaking of Vazquez, Schmidt is from Puerto Rico, too, and was drafted out of Colegio Angel David high school.
Round 17: Nick Sciortino, 508th overall
The Red Sox drafted yet another catcher, but this time they went a little more local. Sciortino is a Boston College product, listed at 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds. He’s a 20-year-old junior who will turn 21 in mid-July, and defense is his forte. The Sox will have to wait until Boston College is finished with the NCAA Baseball Tournament before they can officially sign him.
Round 18: Trevor Stephan, 538th overall
Another junior college player, Boston's second of this draft. Stephan is a right-hander who will turn 21 in late-November.
Round 19: Kyle Hart, 568th overall
Hart is Boston’s third lefty of the draft, after Jason Groome and Robby Sexton. Hart was selected out of Indiana, and it's unclear just how big — or not big — he is. Everyone seems to agree he’s 6-foot-5, but Perfect Game has him at 170 pounds, and Baseball Cube at 205. The reason we have to look somewhere besides MLB for that measurement? They have him at 118 pounds, which is obviously an error. Will he be able to fill out enough? It's tough to say, given he’ll be 24 in November — Hart is a fifth-year senior. He does throw strikes regardless of his weight, at least, and should be easy to sign.
Round 20: Nick Lovullo, 598th overall
The Red Sox drafted bench coach Torey Lovullo’s son for the second year in a row. Last year it was the 34th round, this time the 20th, so Nick is moving up! He’s a senior at Holy Cross this time around, so maybe he’ll even sign this time and play some baseball. Probably not, though: this is most likely just the Sox doing something fun for an employee and their family.