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 16 through 20.
Round 16 (Pick 466): BJ Vela, 2B, Reedley College (CA)
In the 16th round, the Red Sox grabbed their first JuCo player of the draft in BJ Vela. He comes from Reedley College in California, and according to the school’s website he hit .481/.560/.821 on the season. That’s really all the public info out there that I can see. It’s not clear if he has a commitment to a four-year college.
Round 17 (Pick 496): Luis Guerrero, RHP, Chipola College (FL)
Guerrero makes it two straight junior college selections for the Red Sox after not selecting any in the first 15 rounds. There’s once again not a lot of information out there on the righty, though we have a little. He split time between starting and relief this past year at Chipola — a school that has produced a number of big leaguers, including José Bautista and Patrick Corbin, as well as Buck Showalter — tossing 58 total innings with a 3.72 ERA, 95 strikeouts and 38 walks. The righty also participated in the inaugural season of the MLB Draft League, pitching to an 8.59 ERA over 14 2⁄3 innings with 21 strikeouts and 17 walks. As with Vela, it’s not clear whether or not he has a commitment to a four-year college.
Round 18 (Pick 526): Phillip Sikes, OF, TCU
The Red Sox go back to the traditional college route with their 18th round pick, grabbing another college senior in Phillip Sikes. The outfielder was ranked as the number 462 player in the class by Baseball America. A former Diamondbacks 38th rounder, he opted to go to the University of New Mexico before transferring to junior college and eventually TCU. This past season, the outfielder slashed .329/.427/.620 for the Horned Frogs. He’s my favorite kind of player, especially at this point in the draft, as he’s athletic and can run the bases while bringing a contact-oriented swing that should be able to spray hits all over the field. Defensively, he may not be able to play center field on a regular basis, but the profile is that of a fourth outfielder if everything works out anyway.
Round 19 (Pick 556): Tyler Uberstine, RHP, Northwestern
With Uberstine, the Red Sox have made their second selection from the MLB Draft League after grabbing Guerrero just two rounds prior. Uberstine allowed four runs over nine innings in the league, racking up nine strikeouts without issuing a walk. Earlier in the year while still at Northwestern, the senior made nine starts and pitched to a tough 5.90 ERA over 39 2⁄3 innings, striking out 38 and walking 20. The righty was ranked as the 16th best draft prospect from the state of Illinois by Baseball America.
Round 20 (Pick 586): Josh Hood, SS, Penn
To finish off their 2021 draft class, the Red Sox head to the Ivy League for their last selection. That would be Josh Hood from Penn, a shortstop who comes in at number 452 on Baseball America’s pre-draft rankings. Hood didn’t play any baseball this past spring, as the Ivy League did not play. Per BA, he is headed to North Carolina State next season, so it’s not clear how likely it is that the Red Sox get him to sign. The last time we saw him in 2019, he unanimously won his conference’s rookie of the year, but that was two years ago so the scouting is a little difficult. This might be the most interesting pick of the draft, and he’ll be fascinating to follow if he does sign.