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2016 MLB Draft: Taylor Trammell to the Red Sox in Baseball America's final mock

Here's a new name in this last mock draft: Taylor Trammell, a prep outfielder with lots of tools and relatively little polish.

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Rounding out the big three mock drafts, Baseball America has the Red Sox taking prep outfielder Taylor Trammell with the twelfth overall pick.

This one is kind of a reach, to be honest. Keith Law has Trammell going 30th to the Rangers, 21st to the Blue Jays (Callis) and 32nd to the Dodgers (Mayo). But Baseball America has also been high on Trammell from the beginning, ranking him 13th in the class in terms of overall talent, and he's certainly had some helium as the year has gone on.

Baseball America's argument for why the Sox might take Trammell is also fairly convincing. Simply put, he fits a profile. An athletic outfielder with solid tools at the plate, everything but an arm on defense, and top-tier speed leaves him in a similar vein as Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Andrew Benintendi. No, he's not a carbon copy of any of them by any means. But it's just another variation on the balanced, athletic player formula that's worked well for the Red Sox in recent years.

There is a pretty big caveat there, mind: Trammell is not nearly so polished a product as any of those three were. Even Mookie Betts, who granted, can dunk basketballs and was a mean bowler even before he was drafted, was mostly just prevented from hitting the weight room by his commitments elsewhere. Starring as a full-on running back/defensive back in high school in addition to his work on the diamond, Trammell just hasn't had as much time for baseball as some others have. For what it's worth, though, his heart is with the game, as he's committed to Georgia Tech for baseball and baseball alone.

Trammell would be a reach, yes, but not one of those inexplicable ones. He's a talent the Red Sox would love to get with their second pick, but will never have a chance to. If they look at his substantial upside and believe he's got what it takes to make good on it, then it's entirely understandable how they might view him as the best talent available at #12. Not the safe pick any way you cut it, but if the reward is there, sometimes it makes sense to take on that risk.