The MLB draft officially got underway tonight, and the Red Sox finally got on the clock to make their pick. That pick ended up being Tanner Houck, a right-handed pitcher out of the University of Missouri.
Houck makes it two years in a row in which the Red Sox have gone with a pitcher with their first pick, although last year was one of the high school variety in Jason Groome. This year’s pick is a big righty — listed at 6’5”, 220 pounds — has had big success in the SEC over his collegiate career. He fits the bill as a prototypical Dave Dombrowski pick as a big right-handed power arm.
There are questions about whether or not he can stick in the rotation, but the stuff is certainly there for Houck to be a major-league pitcher in some capacity. This past season, he pitched to a 3.33 ERA in 94 2⁄3 innings with 95 strikeouts and 24 walks.
We’ll have much more on the Red Sox first round pick soon, but for now, what do you think. Did they make the right pick?