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As the MLB Draft kicks off tonight, it is important to profile a few prospects that may have dreams become reality as a member of the Red Sox.
The Major League Baseball draft does not get the same amount of hype as that of the NFL, or even the NBA. There are 40 rounds, thousands of players that are selected, and a sense of uncertainty for the casual fan during the draft. However, this is an important team-building aspect for any Major League club.
The important thing to remember is that most teams do not draft for immediate needs, as these players are unlikely to see the big leagues for 2-4 years. The Red Sox may need starting pitching, but select an outfielder with high upside.
In 2015, this was the exact case. The Red Sox had been utilizing Craig Breslow as a starting pitcher in ’14 due to limited depth and passed on a player that was seen as a Major League ready talent – Carson Fulmer. The pride and joy of a prestigious Vanderbilt program was seen as a frontline starter that could transition to the bullpen if needed.
However, the Red Sox passed on Fulmer – selecting the Golden Spikes winner from the University of Arkansas – Andrew Benintendi. Yes, at the time there was no immediate need for Benintendi, though the Red Sox selected a player that they deemed to be the best player available.
A few seasons into their respective MLB careers, Benny has captivated Red Sox fans while Fulmer has accumulated a 6.68 ERA with the White Sox over 3 seasons – yikes!
Let’s take a look at a few players that may receive a call from Dave Dombrowski tonight when the Red Sox pick 26th overall:
Tristan Beck – RHP / Stanford University
Beck is the #31 overall player ranked by Baseball America. His scouting report mentions that he has a 4 pitch mix that has the potential to be elite.
Seth Beer – 1B / OF / DH – Clemson Univesity
Beer is the #46 overall player ranked by Baseball America. There is no getting around it, Beer is one of the best hitters in the entire draft class. He flashes elite power, but has legitimate positional concerns defensively. He may be best suited as a DH.
Logan Gilbert – RHP / Stetson University
Gilbert is the #19 overall player ranked by Baseball America. You’ll find this arm on TV during the College World Series powering his team to a top 25 season. He has the potential to be a front end to mid-starter and has had a dominant season at the collegiate level.
Ryan Rolison – LHP / Ole Miss
Rolison, the #21 player ranked by Baseball America, has the potential to be one of the best lefties that comes out of this entire draft. Statistically, he’s had an average season, but is a projectable arm that flashes high 90’s from the left side.
High Risk, High Reward: Ethan Hankins – RHP / Vanderbilt Commit
The Red Sox would be best suited to try to sneak Hankins into their organization with a second round pick, due to the uncertainty that surrounds the young ace. Hankins was being discussed as the #1 overall pick last year before suffering elbow troubles this season.
Make no mistakes, Hankins is filthy. He possesses a high 90’s fastball and exceptional offspeed. Will he last, or will he be willing to sign if he isn’t taken in the first round – we’ll find out!