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Recapping Red Sox draft picks 21-30

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A look at the middle third of Day Three of the Red Sox 2019 draft

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The picks have come fast and furious on the third day of the draft, and rather than do 30 individual posts for each player, we’ll just do quick write-ups on each draftee, with ten per post.

Round 21 (Pick #647): Dylan Spacke, RHP, Long Beach State

With their 21st pick of the draft, the Red Sox took another college pitcher, this one the former teammate of Jarren Duran. Spacke just finished up his junior year at Long Beach State and was unranked by both Baseball America and Fangraphs. He’s a reliever, pitching to a 2.57 ERA with 25 strikeouts and ten walks in 28 innings.

Round 22 (Pick #677): Dominic D’Alessandro, 1B, George Washington University

It’s another senior first baseman being taken by the Red Sox, this one coming from our nation’s capital. D’Alessandro was not ranked by either Baseball America or Fangraphs. In 2018 he finished the year as a first-team member of the All-A-10. This past year he did even better, hitting .423/.506/.668 with 13 homers in 53 games.

Round 23 (Pick #707): Leon Paulino, CF, Florida Virtual School (FL)

Paulino is a very good athlete from Florida but was not ranked by Baseball America or Fangraphs. He should be able to play a good outfield with solid range and a good arm. He also has the tools to develop into a good hitter, though there is work to be done. He is committed to Florida International next year. Also, for those who are curious because I sure was, Florida Virtual School is an e-school for students around the world. I’ve never heard of that!

Round 24 (Pick #737): Dean Miller, CF, University of California-Riverside

After picking a high school center fielder with their previous pick, the Red Sox stuck at the same position in round 24 but went with a college senior in Miller. The outfielder was unranked by Fangraphs but came in at number 495 on Baseball America’s list. BA says he is indeed not a center fielder but instead a corner-only profile. That’s okay, though, because his raw power is at least plus. The trick will be tapping into it on a consistent basis against good pitching, but the potential is surely there.

Round 25 (Pick #767): Karson Simas, SS, Clovis West HS (CA)

Staying in California but shifting to the infield and to the high school ranks, the Red Sox nabbed Simas with their 25th pick. There is not a whole lot of information on Simas, who was unranked by both Baseball America and Fangraphs. As far as I can tell he is uncommitted for college next year, which is strange for a high school prospect at this point in the year. More likely is that he is committed and the sites I have looked at haven’t updated his page.

Round 26 (Pick #797): Brandon Walter, LHP, University of Delaware

It’s another college senior here at pick number 26 for the Red Sox, going to a smaller school out in Delaware for this one. Walter was unranked by both Baseball America and Fangraphs. The southpaw is a strikeout machine, finishing third all-time in his program’s history in total strikeouts. Walter finished the year with a 3.55 ERA and 146 strikeouts to 52 walks over 144 23 innings on the season.

Round 27 (Pick #827): Devon Roedahl, RHP, Houston

This is the second player the Red Sox have taken from Houston in this draft after selecting Joe Davis in the 19th round. Roedahl was not ranked by either Baseball America or Fangraphs. He pitched primarily out of the bullpen this past year after spending his first two college years in a JuCo program. On the year he pitched to a 4.09 ERA with 60 strikeouts and 23 walks over 61 23 innings.

Round 28 (Pick #857): Daniel Bakst, SS, Stanford

The Red Sox haven’t taken a ton of up-the-middle infielders so far in this draft, but Bakst fits that profile as a college shortstop. It’s interesting that he was listed as a shortstop here as he pitched in college while also serving as the DH. He was a freshman All-American in 2017. For some reason his numbers from 2019 numbers aren’t listed.

Round 29 (Pick #887): Luke Bandy, CF, Dallas Baptist

Bandy, a college outfielder coming off his junior year, was unranked by Baseball America and Fangraphs prior to the draft. The righty struggled over his first two years at Dallas Baptist, but he turned things around in a big way in 2019. This past year he hit .338/.424/.505 with six homers and 11 doubles in 60 games.

Round 30 (Pick #917): Nathan Martorella, 1B, Salinas HS (CA)

It’s been a relatively first base-heavy draft for the Red Sox this year, though that’s not terribly surprising. We’ve seen in recent drafts that they’ve opted for players not traditionally valued by other teams, like high-probability relievers and corner players with power but less well thought of hit tools. Martorella, for his part, was unranked by Baseball America and Fangraphs. As with most unranked high school players, there is not a ton of information out on him. He is committed to play at Cal next season.