Red Sox Draft Report Card
Looking back at Boston's 2009 draft class
BEST PURE HITTER:
|The Red Sox were as aggressive as any club, targeting high-ceiling prospects and spending what it took to sign them. Renfroe ($1.4 million), Younginer ($975,000), Jacobs ($750,000) all signed for well over MLB's slot recommendations.
OF Reymond Fuentes (1) has lots of speed and a line-drive approach, which enabled him to bat .290 in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. OF Brandon Jacobs (10), SS Jason Thompson (11) and 3B Miles Head (26) are also gifted hitters. >> BEST POWER HITTER:
Though he was better known as a running back committed to Auburn, Jacobs is more advanced than most baseball players with football backgrounds. He has a strong 5-foot-11, 240-pound frame, plus some feel for hitting, giving him a lot of power potential. >> FASTEST RUNNER:
With 6.3-second speed in the 60-yard dash, Fuentes can challenge major league stolen-base leader Jacoby Ellsbury as the fastest player in the organization. >> BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER:
SS David Renfroe (3) has soft hands and a strong arm. He might wind up at third base but the Red Sox will give him every chance to stay at shortstop. Fuentes should be a fine center fielder. C Michael Thomas (12) has unbelievable arm strength but is otherwise raw defensively.
RHP Madison Younginer (7) had one of the best pure arms in the draft and can reach 97 mph. RHP Alex Wilson (2) sits at 92-93 mph and touches 95. >> BEST SECONDARY PITCH:
Wilson has a wipeout slider at times, while Younginer can really spin a hard curveball.
ODDS AND ENDS
BEST PRO DEBUT:
The latest Boston draftee to excel in brief stints at short-season Lowell, Wilson gave up two earned runs and struck out 33 in 36 innings. RHP Jordan Flasher (22), who's building back his velocity following Tommy John surgery in 2008, fanned 15 in 16 scoreless innings between two stops. OF Alex Hassan (20), considered more of a pitcher when the Red Sox drafted him, batted .328/.375/.472 and reached low Class A. >> BEST ATHLETE:
Renfroe does everything easily. Some teams liked him more as a pitcher, and he starred at quarterback for a South Panola High (Batesville, Miss.) team that won 89 straight games. >> MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND:
OF Mike Yastrzemski's (36) grandfather Carl is a franchise icon. RHP Luke Bard's (16) brother Daniel is a key component of Boston's bullpen. Fuentes is a cousin of Carlos Beltran. Renfroe's father Laddie and C Kyle Arnsberg's (45) dad Brad pitched in the majors. OF Gavin McCourt (39) is the son of Dodgers owner Frank McCourt. Bard, Yastrzemski, McCourt and Arnsberg all opted for college over pro ball. >> CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS:
Wilson, who should open his first full season in high Class A. >> BEST LATE-ROUND PICK:
Jacobs has the upside of becoming the next Kevin Mitchell. >> THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY:
The Red Sox never made a run at Virginia-bound RHP Branden Kline (6) because he didn't pitch during the summer. They were close to landing athletic OF Zeke DeVoss (38) but couldn't divert him from Miami.