2011 Draft Report Card: Boston Red Sox
BEST PURE HITTER:
|As usual, the Red Sox had extra picks and spent lavishly. Barnes, Swihart, LHP Henry Owens (1s) and Bradley cost a combined $6.65 million and will replenish a system thinned by promotions and trades.
Bonus Spending: $11.0 million
C Blake Swihart (1) has the bat to be an impact player even if he doesn't stay behind the plate, though the Red Sox are confident he will. He led the U.S. national 18U team in hitting (.448) and homers (five in 17 games) in 2010. BEST POWER HITTER:
OF Williams Jerez (2) is a potential five-tool player with plenty of raw power. 3B/1B Travis Shaw (9) has the most present power, along with the lefthanded stroke to drive balls off and over Fenway Park's Green Monster. FASTEST RUNNER:
OF Cody Koback (10) is the fastest player to come out of Wisconsin in recent memory, with 70-75 speed on the 20-80 scouting scale. SS Mookie Betts (5) is a plus runner. BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER:
Boston scouts say OF Jackie Bradley (1s) plays center field better than any amateur they've ever seen. He tracks balls effortlessly from gap to gap and has a strong arm.
RHP Matt Barnes (1) has a heater that sits in the mid-90s, tops out at 97 mph and features arm-side run. Projectable LHP Cody Kukuk (7), who's a slender 6-foot-4 and already touches 94 mph, could catch Barnes down the road. BEST SECONDARY PITCH:
RHP Noe Ramirez (4) makes his living pitching off his outstanding changeup. As for breaking balls, Barnes has a sharp curveball and Kukuk flashes a hard slider.
ODDS AND ENDSBEST PRO DEBUT:
Shaw batted .262/.371/.446 with eight homers at short-season Lowell. RHP Andrew Jones (18) posted a 1.41 ERA and 21-2 K-BB ratio in 32 innings while reaching low Class A. BEST ATHLETE:
Betts, who received interest from NCAA Division I basketball programs as a point guard, was the Tennessee male high school bowler of the year in 2010. Jerez has all-around tools and originally attracted scouts as a lefthanded pitcher. MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND:
OF Matt Marquis (41) has overcome hemophilia, which he treats with medication, to make it to pro ball. 3B/2B Matt Gedman's (45) dad Rich made two all-star teams as a Red Sox catcher and is the hitting coach at Lowell. Shaw's father Jeff pitched in two All-Star Games and saved 203 games in 12 years in the big leagues. 3B Nick Moore (30) is the godson of Rob English, the part-time scout who signed him. CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS:
Ramirez, who's more polished than Barnes. Boston will develop him as a starter. BEST LATE-ROUND PICK:
Jones was a revelation with his low-90s sinker. LHP Zach Good (20) has a similar fastball. RHP Matt Spalding's (29) fastball can reach 95 mph. THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY:
The Red Sox went all out to sign OF Senquez Golson (8), one of the draft's best athletes and fastest players. They flew him and his family to Boston the day before the signing deadline and offered him a seven-figure deal, but he decided to attend Mississippi, where he's a cornerback on the football team.