Coming into this draft, the college pitchers were the focus for many Red Sox fans, with Jack Leiter and Kumar Rocker enamoring many around Boston. They went with a high school infielder instead, and in fact it took them until this seventh round pick to grab their first college arm of the class. That pick was Wyatt Olds, a right-handed pitcher out of the University of Oklahoma. The 21-year-old (he turns 22 next month) struggled this past year for the Sooners, pitching to a 5.23 ERA over 75 2⁄3 innings, striking out 101 and walking 37.
Olds came into this draft ranked 419th by Baseball America and 437th by Perfect Game. The righty spent the first two years of his college career pitching mostly out of the bullpen with an eye on taking up a spot in the rotation in 2021 as a junior. He started the year there for Oklahoma, but struggled mightily, eventually moving back to the pen for the final stretch of the season. He misses a lot of bats thanks to a funky deliver that can deceive hitters, but he also struggles with control. Olds is a traditional fastball/slider pitcher with velocity that can sit in the mid-90s in shorter stints. I’d expect the Red Sox to keep him in the bullpen.