Boston Red Sox

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 24 Deven Marrero SS Arizona State Ariz. $2,050,000
As a junior in high school, Marrero played on a loaded American Heritage High (Plantation, Fla.) team that included third baseman Nick Castellanos, now with the Tigers, and first baseman Eric Hosmer, now with the Royals. Like Hosmer, Marrero committed to Arizona State, and after he slipped to the 17th round of the 2009 draft he headed to campus. Marrero has always been able to flash the leather, and he is this year's surest bet to stay at shortstop, with great range, easy actions and above-average arm strength. He shows promise with the bat, but he has been inconsistent this year and was batting .276/.335/.414 over his first 174 at-bats. Marrero has been frustrating for scouts this spring, not just because he has underperformed but because he has looked so nonchalant doing it. Scouts say Marrero has played without energy this year and has shown off his above-average arm strength only when he needs to. He has above-average raw speed but doesn't always go at full speed on the bases. Marrero shows power in batting practice, but profiles more as a gap hitter at the next level. While there questions about his bat, he still figures to be a first-rounder because there are so few surefire shortstops in the draft.
1 31 Brian Johnson LHP Florida Fla. $1,575,000
Johnson was a latecoming member of the 2009 draft's Top 200 Prospects list, emerging with a strong showing in Sebring, Fla., at the state's high school all-star game. He went to Florida instead of signing and quickly emerged as one of the nation's top two-way players. He led USA Baseball's College National Team with three home runs last summer and draws some interest as a power-hitting first baseman. He's a fairly slow-twitch athlete, though, and profiles better as a durable, big bodied fourth starter. Johnson pitches off an average fastball in the 88-91 mph range, complemented by a slider, curveball and changeup. He throws all four pitches for strikes, with just 42 career walks in his first 219 college innings, and he hides the ball well in his delivery. He gets more swings and misses with his fastball than his velocity and fastball life would seem to merit. Johnson's curveball has its moments as his best secondary pitch, though he doesn't throw it with consistent power. Johnson has good body control despite his modest athleticism and soft body. He's considered a safe, low-upside pick, with some hope that his stuff will become firmer as he focuses 100 percent on pitching.
1s 37 Pat Light RHP Monmouth N.J. $1,000,000
A New Jersey high school product, Light attracted attention on the showcase circuit in the summer of 2008, but he didn't get drafted until the 28th round in 2009 (by the Twins) and headed to Monmouth, where he has carved out a solid career. He has added weight to his projectable frame and is now listed at a physical 6-foot-6, 200 pounds. He has dominated his competition this season and was 7-3, 2.81 with 87 strikeouts in 86 innings. He throws a ton of strikes with a fastball that ranges from 90-96 mph and has walked 12 batters on the season. Both his slider and changeup need work but flash promise. If his secondary stuff progresses, he has the frame, arm strength and command to be a starter, but he could feature a plus-plus fastball in a late-inning relief role.
2 87 Jamie Callahan RHP Dillon (S.C.) HS S.C. $600,000
South of the Border had some competition this spring as scouts bypassed the iconic Interstate 95 tourist trap to see Callahan pitch for Dillon High. He has a good pitcher's frame with projection remaining at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds. His fastball ranges from 88-92 mph and touches 93-94. Depending on the day, he can show two good breaking balls. He has a 12-to-6 curveball as well as a slider with short break and depth. He pitches with a high arm slot, so the curveball will likely be the better pitch for him down the road. He has shown some feel for a changeup that sits around 80 mph, but like most high school arms it's a pitch he'll need to work on. A South Carolina signee, Callahan won't be 18 until August, so scouts can dream a little more on his upside.
3 118 Austin Maddox RHP Florida Fla. $350,000
Maddox was a decorated amateur player who at one time projected as a first-round pick due to his power bat and arm strength. A high school catcher and pitcher, he fell to the 37th round of the 2009 draft (Rays) after ranking No. 81 on BA's Top 200 draft prospects. Maddox went to Florida and has helped the program make consecutive trips to Omaha while transforming himself as a player. Blocked at catcher by Mike Zunino, Maddox hit 17 home runs as a freshman corner infielder but tumbled to six in 2011 with the less-potent bats, and his lack of selectivity and a defensive position drove down his stock as a hitter. After not pitching as a freshman, he seized the closer role as a sophomore, and he remains there as a junior. Scouts now view him as a pitcher, though his background as an everyday player days comes through in his competitiveness. Maddox has closer makeup and mound presence to spare, with confidence and an attacking mentality. At his best, he features a 92-94 mph fastball that has reached 96, and he gets swings and misses in the strike zone with it. His arm action causes his offspeed stuff to be erratic, but scouts think his mechanics can be refined with a full focus on the mound. He throws a slurvy slider, which is effective when he stays on top of it, and a changeup that gives hitters a different look. He's had some rotator cuff tendinitis this spring but generally has handled a heavy workload well, and his 6-foot-3, 235-pound body should help him hold up under a pro workload.
4 151 Ty Buttrey RHP Providence HS, Charlotte N.C. $1,300,000
Providence High has churned out several prospects in recent years, including Clemson's Richie Shaffer and North Carolina State catcher Brett Austin, and scouts were back this spring to see a tall, projectable righty in Buttrey. An Arkansas signee, Buttrey is 6-foot-5, 205 pounds and had early buzz this spring after touching 96 mph with his fastball. His velocity dropped off a bit later in the spring, attributable to him being used as a reliever between starts, and had been sitting 90-93 mph. Buttrey works quickly, throwing 6 1/3 innings in a start in April that lasted less than 90 minutes. His second pitch is a hard knuckle-curve that has downer action and sits 77-79 mph. He also mixes in a changeup that shows good fade at times. Already 19 years old, Buttrey is one of the older players in the high school class.
5 181 Mike Augliera RHP Binghamton N.Y. $25,000
Augliera is a 6-foot, 200-pound senior that has a fastball in the high 80s and shows feel for a slider. While he doesn't light up radar guns, he does paint corners. In 83 innings, he went 6-7, 3.16 and struck out 83 while walking just seven.
6 211 Justin Haley RHP Fresno State Calif. $125,000
Haley came to Fresno State via Sierra (Calif.) JC and was a pleasant surprise in the team's rotation this spring, going 7-4, 3.28 with 94 strikeouts and 39 walks over 93 innings. Haley has a workhorse build at 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds. He pitches in the 91-93 mph range and tops out at 95. Because of his size, his fastball has heavy downhill action. He mixes in a solid breaking ball and shows flashes of a quality changeup. Haley competes well and projects to be picked in the 5-7 round range, about 40 rounds higher than his 46th-round selection by the Indians in 2010.
7 241 Kyle Kraus RHP Portland Ore. $1,000
Kraus pitches with a heavy 86-89 mph fastball and fills up the strike zone with four pitches. His slider is fringy and his curveball is below average, but he has an average changeup and gets a lot of groundballs. Kraus knows how to pitch, shows excellent competitiveness on the mound and repeats his compact delivery well.
8 271 Nathan Minnich 1B Shepherd (W.Va.) W.Va. $10,000
Minnich is a bad body first baseman that has well below average grades in all facets except for his power. He hit .487/.645/.980 with 21 home runs in 152 at-bats, but has a very limited profile.
9 301 Mike Miller SS Cal Poly Calif. $5,000
The 5-foot-8 Miller is a prototypical scrappy gamer who plays above his tools. Miller led the Mustangs in hitting this spring (.354) while playing very steady defense at short (.967 fielding percentage). He has some looseness in his hands and an up-the-middle offensive approach. Miller is a below-average runner, but his quality instincts make him a good baserunner. He should be able to fill in at shortstop in pro ball, but his arm and range fit better at second.
10 331 J.T. Watkins C Army N.Y. $1,000
Watkins is a good defender behind the plate, getting praise for his receiving, blocking and ability to control the running game. He had a good year offensively, hitting .316/.390/.481 in 158 at-bats while catching about half of would-be base stealers.
11 361 Jamal Martin OF Dwyer HS, West Palm Beach, Fla. Fla.
Florida State outfield recruit Jamal Martin is a 5-foot-9 sparkplug whose righthanded bat and above-average speed should make him a good college player. He has some bat speed but is a tough profile, and he's already 19.
12 391 Mike Meyers SS Silverado HS, Las Vegas Nev. $100,000
13 421 J.B. Wendelken RHP Middle Georgia JC Ga. $100,000
One of the nation's most effective relievers, Wendelken had allowed just one earned run in 44 innings, a 0.20 ERA. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound freshman has a short arm stroke and throws with lots of effort, but he repeats his delivery and attacks hitters with a 90-93 mph fastball. His short arm stroke gives him some deception, and at times he touches 94 mph.
14 451 Dylan Chavez LHP Mississippi Miss.
Chavez is at his third school, having pitched one year at St. Mary's and spending 2011 at American River (Calif.) JC. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder has some deception in his delivery and an average fastball that at times bumps 92 mph, with good life. At his best, he pitches off the fastball, making his slurvy breaking ball and nascent changeup play up. He's tried to start and struggled in the role, but he throws strikes out of the bullpen, almost to a fault.
15 481 Carson Fulmer RHP All Saints Academy, Winter Haven, Fla. Fla.
Fulmer pitched with Walker Weickel, Jesse Winker and Nick Travieso as part of a Florida quartet of pitchers on USA Baseball's 18-and-under squad last November, winning the gold medal at the Pan American Championships in Columbia. At 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Fulmer has athletic ability and strength but lacks a premium pitcher's frame. He does have premium stuff, with one of the best fastballs in the country. He has effort in his delivery but sits in the 92-93 mph range and regularly hits 95. At times, his breaking ball gives him a second plus pitch; it's a power slider that can reach the low 80s. Fulmer uses his thick lower half well in his delivery and harnesses his stuff to throw strikes, though he lacks true command. He has flashed a solid if firm change in the low 80s but will need to develop it more at higher levels. The effort in his delivery includes a bit of a head whack, and at times Fulmer backs off the velocity to find the zone more. He has shown some feel for pitching as well as competitiveness. A Vanderbilt signee, Fulmer will be a tough read in terms of his signability, but most scouts thought he was leaning toward playing pro ball.
16 511 Stephen Williams RHP Seminole State (Okla.) JC Okla. $125,000
17 541 Willie Ethington RHP Mountain View HS, Mesa, Ariz. Ariz. $200,000
18 571 Shaq Thompson OF Grant HS, Sacramento Calif. $100,000
Thompson is one of the top football recruits in the nation, and his brother, Syd'Quan, is a cornerback for the Denver Broncos. Shaq was committed to California, but in January when the Bears' recruiting coordinator, Tosh Lupoi, headed north to Washington, his prize recruit followed suit. He's expected to be a safety in college, and at Grant he was also a running back, kick returner and punter. He also shows off his athletic ability on the baseball field, and a team may try to persuade him to play baseball in the minor leagues during the summer while playing football at Washington. An outfielder on the baseball field, Thompson is a 6-foot-2, 210-pound physical specimen. He needs a lot of work to improve his routes and jumps in the outfield, not to mention his approach at the plate.
19 601 Iseha Conklin SS Iowa Western CC Iowa $100,000
20 631 Greg Larson RHP Florida Fla.
Florida offers other intriguing draft possibilities beyond its stars, such as sidearming senior Greg Larson, who should be a look considering Darren O'Day went from submarining for the Gators to the big leagues.
21 661 Jake Davies 1B Georgia Tech Ga.
Davies has a bad body at 6 feet, 225 pounds, but the younger brother of ex-big leaguer Kyle Davies had a strong finish to his college career, winning MVP honors at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. He's a below-average athlete and defender but has lefthanded power and a polished offensive approach.
22 691 Joe Greenfield RHP South Suburban (Ill.) JC Ill.
23 721 Brandon Magee OF Arizona State Ariz.
24 751 Keaton Briscoe 2B British Columbia British Columbia
25 781 Khiry Cooper OF Nebraska Neb.
26 811 Jake Nelson RHP Lake Stevens (Wash.) HS Wash.
27 841 Quinn Carpenter RHP Goshen (N.Y.) HS N.Y.
28 871 Wes Rogers OF Mann HS, Greenville, S.C. S.C.
29 901 Alex Bregman 2B Albuquerque Academy N.M.
Bregman put his name on the map by hitting .564/.596/.846 for USA Baseball's 16-and-under team in 2010. He followed that up by hitting .378/.500/.459 when he played for the 18-and-under team in 2011, and he broke New Mexico's high school single-season home run record with 18 last year. While he won't be a slugger as a pro, Bregman does pack impressive strength into his 5-foot-11 frame. He has quick hands and an efficient, compact swing. He has bat speed, knows how to get leverage and sprays the ball to all parts of the field. He was going to spend half of his games behind the plate this year, but that plan was derailed when he broke the tip of his right middle finger and missed most of the season. Most scouts believe he fits best at second base, where he's a steady defender with solid-average arm strength. Bregman is a fringe-average runner but shows good instincts on the bases. Scouts love his makeup, and coaches, teammates and fans appreciate his knack for putting the bat on the ball, hard-nosed hustle, smart play and quiet swagger. Bregman is believed to be a tough sign away from Louisiana State.
30 931 Justin Taylor RHP Farmville (N.C.) Central HS N.C.
Committed to East Carolina, Taylor is a raw, two-sport athlete who also lettered in basketball. He has a good frame at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds and solid athleticism. Some effort in his delivery leads to concerns about his chances of starting, but he has the makings of two good pitches. His fastball sits 88-92 mph, but can touch 94 and he has a decent breaking ball in his slider. It's a slurvy pitch now, but it has good spin and a chance to develop into a better offering. Like most high school arms, his changeup is a work-in-progress.
31 961 Austin Davis RHP Southern Mississippi Miss.
32 991 Hunter Wood RHP Rogers (Ark.) Heritage HS Ark.
Wood has potential to be a two-way college player with a quick bat and solid power potential. He has more ability on the mound, with an average fastball in the 87-91 mph range that has bumped higher and a loose arm to go with a projectable 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame. His curveball lacks bite and power.
33 1021 Chris Carlson OF Orange Coast (Calif.) CC Calif.
One of the catalysts for Orange Coast's powerhouse team this spring, Carlson is a small and instinctive player, and his slightly above-average speed plays up on the basepaths and in the outfield. He has surprising strength in his lefthanded swing, given his 5-foot-10 build. Carlson's knack for making contact and advanced baseball skills give him a shot, but his size and modest raw tools mean he'll have to prove himself at every level. He is a New Mexico State signee.
34 1051 Xavier Turner 3B Sandusky (Ohio) HS Ohio
Turner punished the ball on the showcase circuit last year but hasn't done so as consistently this spring. The 6-foot-2, 212-pounder still ranks as one of the best high school bats in the Great Lakes region, but scouts question whether he'll go high enough in the draft to give up his commitment to Vanderbilt. Turner has a quick righthanded swing and the strength for promising power potential. He also shows a willingness to use the middle of the field rather than just selling out for power in an attempt to impress scouts. He has solid speed, arm strength and athleticism, but he'll have to move off shortstop in college or pro ball. Turner profiles as a third baseman, but his hands may be too hard for the infield and could push him to an outfield corner.
35 1081 Pat Delano RHP Braintree (Mass.) HS Mass.
36 1111 Miguel Rodriguez C UNC Charlotte N.C.
37 1141 Jonathan Dziedzic LHP Lamar Texas
38 1171 Donald Smith C Claflin (S.C.) S.C.
39 1201 Kurt Schluter RHP Stetson Fla.
Stetson had high expectations coming into the season but saw righthanders Lindsey Caughel and Kurt Schluter take steps backwards from last season. That was especially true of Schluter, who won all eight of his decisions in 2011 but never regained that form after an oblique muscle strain last year. He's touched 94 mph in the past but didn't with any consistency in 2012.
40 1231 Kevin Heller OF Amherst (Mass.) Mass.