Tuesday is the third day of the draft, a day that used to be filled with 30 picks but has now been cut down to 10. Boston will be picking fourth in each of the 10 rounds on Day Three. Additionally, all picks have a slot value of $125,000, and any bonus over that amount will have the difference count towards the team’s overall pool money. Below are what the Red Sox did with picks 11 through 15.
Round 11 (Pick 316): Niko Kavadas, 1B, Notre Dame
The Red Sox start off the day with something of a bang, grabbing the player Baseball America had ranked as the 38th best player still available heading into the day and 157th overall in the class. He was ranked at number 150 in the class by Perfect Game. Kavadas, a senior, hit .302/.473/.767 in a monster 2021 for the Irish, building off what looked like a breakout year in 2020 before the season was cut short due to COVID. There are major drawbacks that explain his fall to the third day, including his age — he turns 23 in October — and his lack of defensive value. But he has great patience and huge power from the left side, fitting the mold I mentioned in this post about the Red Sox targeting power bats with little defensive value from college seniors.
Round 12 (Pick 346): Christopher Troye, RHP, UC-Santa Barbara
The Red Sox start off their third day of the draft with two straight college seniors, which isn’t terribly surprising considering how their first two days went. As for Troye specifically, he split time between the bullpen and rotation throughout his college career. In 18 innings this past spring, he finished with a 4.50 ERA over 18 innings, striking out 25 and walking 24. Those control issues were not unique to 2021, as he finished his college career with more walks than innings. There’s not a whole lot of scouting out there on Troye, but looking at the numbers it appears he has big stuff (31 percent strikeout rate) but near-fatal control issues (23 percent walk rate).
Round 13 (Pick 376): Zach Ehrhard, SS, Wharton HS (FL)
The Red Sox haven’t dipped a ton into the high school pool since taking Marcelo Mayer with their first pick, but they made it four prep players in their class with their 13th round pick. That was shortstop Zach Ehrhard, who was unranked on BA and PG. He was ranked by PG as the 29th best shortstop in high school class in Florida, and he has a commitment to Oklahoma State. Earlier this year he was given the Wade Boggs Award, given to baseball players in his county “on the basis of outstanding athletic, scholastic and community achievements.” So that’s neat. Other than that, there’s not a whole lot of information out there on Ehrhard.
Round 14 (Pick 406): Jacob Webb, RHP, Miami University (OH)
Webb makes it three college seniors in four picks to start day three. The righty was a multi-inning reliever for the Redhawks this past year, making 18 appearances totaling 39 innings. Over the course of the season, he pitched to a 2.08 ERA, striking out 59 and walking 14. Prior to attending Miami, Webb spent two years at Sinclair Community College in Ohio. He’s a big presence on the mound, listed at 6’5, 246 pounds.
Round 15 (Pick 436): Payton Green, SS, Green Hope HS (NC)
Let’s make it three high school shortstops drafted by the Red Sox in this draft. Green was actually connected to Boston as a potential second round selection by Kiley McDaniel last week, but presumably that changed after taking Mayer in the first round. Green is ranked 112th in the class by Baseball America and 157th by Perfect Game, and given those rankings I would guess he’s more likely to honor his commitment to NC State than come to the Red Sox organization. But if the Red Sox do sign him, they get a guy BA indicates was seen as a top 50 player in the entire class by some teams. Green may not be able to stick at shortstop as he fills out, but the potential for power should allow his bat to play at second or third base as well.