After going with a college player with their first selection in the 2019 draft, the Red Sox went the prep route with their second selection. They’ve gone with bats for both picks, though, with the second being Matthew Lugo. Lugo is a prep shortstop from the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico. He is the nephew of former MLB star Beltran. Lugo is highly-regarded in this draft class, being ranked 26th by Fangraphs, 38th by MLB Pipeline and 74th by Baseball America. Lugo isn’t as highly regarded as some other shortstops that have come from Puerto Rico in the past decade like Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa and Javy Baez, but he has the potential to be a very well-rounded player with production all across the board. It will take a long time for it all to develop, though.
We’ll have more on Lugo in a bit.