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Boston Red Sox Draft Report Card

By David Rawnsley

Best Debut: OF Lew Ford (12) showed a combination of speed and power, hitting .280-7-34 with 15 SB at short-season Lowell. And 2B Joe Kerrigan (46) proved he wasn’t a courtesy draft for his father, the Red Sox pitching coach, when he earned a late-season promotion to Class A Augusta after hitting .314-0-19 at Lowell.

Best Athlete: OF Antron Seiber (3) was one of the nation’s most highly recruited football players and could become a five-tool outfielder. He turned down a football ride to Louisiana State to sign with the Red Sox.

Best Hitter: OF Rick Asadoorian (1), who signed too late to play in 1999, has a level, quick stroke that should produce line drives from the start. The power should come later.

Best Power: Asadoorian and Seiber both have a chance to hit 20-plus home runs on an annual basis, but it likely won’t happen right away for either. Seiber failed to homer in his Gulf Coast League debut, but don’t expect his homerless streak to last long.

Fastest Runner: Seiber and Ford are both above-average runners, with Seiber having the edge. Asadoorian also runs well, giving the Red Sox a rare haul in the speed department.

Best Defensive Player: Asadoorian has outstanding defensive tools in right field, including an excellent throwing arm.

Best Fastball: RHP Mat Thompson (2) has the best present velocity, peaking around 94 mph, but RHP Brad Baker (1) is looser and more projectable.

Most Intriguing Background: Kerrigan, 3B Brady Williams (45) and 2B Jordan Remy (49) are part of the Red Sox family. Williams, son of Jimy, broke in by hitting .256-5-25 in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. Remy didn’t sign, but his father Jerry is a former Boston second baseman who currently works on the club’s television broadcasts. SS Rex Rundgren (24) is the son of rock star Todd Rundgren.

Closest to the Majors: Texas A&M LHP Casey Fossum (1) signed late and threw just 14 minor league innings, but has the breaking ball and command to advance in a hurry.

The One That Got Away: The Red Sox didn’t sign their fourth- through ninth-round picks, so plenty of talent got away. 2B Marshall McDougall (26), who also didn’t sign, set an NCAA record with a six-homer game for Florida State this year.

Best Non-Draft Sign: The Red Sox continue to outpace the competition in the Far East. RHPs Jung Min Seo (3-2, 2.81) and Seung Song (5-5, 2.30) had solid Gulf Coast League debuts.

Summary: Boston had a difficult time signing its top picks, putting a question mark on an otherwise solid draft. As usual, they landed some of the Northeast’s best talents in Asadoorian and Baker.

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