The focus right now, as it should be, is on the Red Sox major-league team, who has been one of the surprises in the league early in 2021 as they have jumped out to a first place position in the AL East almost one month into the schedule. There is obviously a long way to go, but you can actually see a path to the postseason now, which is no small feat.
But as the year goes on, there is also a growing focus further down the road at the farm system, and specifically with the draft coming up in July. (For those who forgot, the date of the draft has been changed to coincide with All-Star Weekend.) The Red Sox are coming off a terrible 2020, where the only upshot was that they got a high draft pick out of the deal. They will be selecting fourth in this year’s draft, giving them a chance at the kind of impact talent they rarely have a chance to select in the draft process. As a result, we’re paying a bit more attention to the mock drafts than has been typical in years past.
To that end, MLB Pipeline released their latest mock draft on Sunday, and they have the Red Sox taking high school shortstop Marcelo Mayer with the fourth overall selection. This is not the first time Mayer has been connected to the Red Sox, and he would certainly be an exciting addition. The California native is committed to USC, but he’s unlikely to go to college due to how high he’s projected to be picked. Mayer is a strong all-around prospect with tremendous defense at shortstop, good athleticism and a strong hit tool. The power is a bit of a question, but scouts see him growing into a bit more as he gets older.
Really, the fourth position is the place you want to be picking in this draft, at least right now. There are still a few months for things to change, but it seems as though the consensus is that there are four top prospects in Mayer, Kumar Rocker, Jack Leiter and Jordan Lawlar. The Red Sox would probably like one of the Vanderbilt pitchers (Rocker and Leiter) to fall to them, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some buzz for BC star Sal Frelick with this pick, but “settling” for Mayer would be totally fine as well.