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The Red Sox will look to continue a strong rapport in Day Two of the MLB Draft.
In the first two rounds of the draft, Dave Dombrowski selected two high school players with very high ceiling’s.
As previously mentioned, the Red Sox farm system has become quite thin after the trades for Drew Pomeranz, Craig Kimbrel, Chris Sale, and others.
Time to meet the newest Red Sox:
3rd Round: Durbin Feltman – RHP / TCU
After drafting two hitters early in the draft, the Red Sox selected a reliever that had prolific success within the Big 12.
Feltman is a smaller reliever a 5′ 11,” but that doesn’t stop him from overpowering hitters on a consistent basis – featuring a fastball that reaches 99 mph. There are many MLB analysts that believe Feltman may crack the big leagues this season – yes, this season.
After being deemed one of the best closers in this draft, it is possible that we may see Durbin at Fenway this summer.
If you’re looking for an MLB comparison, look no further than the Red Sox closer, Craig Kimbrel.
— TCU Baseball (@TCU_Baseball) April 28, 2018
4th Round: Kole Cottam – C / Kentucky
In the 4th round, the Red Sox selected yet another player with raw power in Kole Cottam. The power hitting righty is someone to be excited about.
The 1B / Catcher launched 19 homeruns in his Junior year for the Kentucky Wildcats en route to earning Second Team All-American status. Cottam will provide depth to a very thin position within the Sox organization.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_v0PGuGlVBY&w=560&h=315]
5th Round: Thad Ward – RHP / Central Florida
The versatile righty has been used in several situations this year at UCF. Ward made 22 appearances during the season and 5 of those were starts. He wears a 3.27 ERA and has 84 K’s in 63.1 innings of work. Most scouts project him to be a bullpen pitcher but believes that with his size (6’3″ 182 lbs) he could make a mark as a starter. Ward uses a fastball that rides in the low-to-mid 90’s and a slider in the lower 80’s.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIwYvmcyha0&w=560&h=315]
6th Round: Devlin Granberg – OF / Dallas Baptist
The Red Sox continued the theme of drafting players that have offensive upside – this time another outfielder from the heart of Texas. His career college average is .427 between Cisco Junior College / Creighton University / Dallas Baptist.
This kid is legit…check out his MLB comparison.
Seriously, no Devlin Granberg @DBU_Baseball yet? What does he need to do. Kevin Youkilis 2.0
— David Seifert (@DSeifertD1PBR) June 5, 2018
Granberg has been able to hit throughout every level while being able to run well for a player with his stature. This season he set the single season record for stolen bases at Dallas Baptist, while being named the MVC Player of the Year.
This season he collected 70 RBI’s, launched 13 bombs, and hit a sizzling .443.
DBU’s Devlin Granberg named the 2018 Joe Carter MVC Player of the Year! pic.twitter.com/gt0l4aOtzD
— DBU Baseball (@DBU_Baseball) May 22, 2018
7th Round: Jarren Duran – 2B / Long Beach State
As we know, the Red Sox have struggled mightily on the base paths all season – you should not expect similar troubles from Jarren Duran.
The middle infielder has elite speed on the bases, while flashing a solid defensive output. The offense will be a work in progress as he he hit .302 in 56 games and provided only 2 HRs and 22 RBIs in his junior season.
If the bat develops well, you should expect to see Duran become a staple in the Red Sox order.
ICYMI, Jarren Duran over the shoulder for @LBDirtbags Friday night!
— Big West Baseball (@BigWestBaseball) May 5, 2018
8th Round: Elih Marrero – C / Saint Thomas University (Florida)
The Red Sox grabbed a former Mississippi State standout in Elih Marrero. The catcher struggled with some off the field issues, but rebounded in the NAIA.
Marrero was a first team All American in the NAIA while collecting 80 RBI’s and launching 9 homeruns in his Junior campaign. Don’t be fooled by the NAIA label as the level of baseball is comparable to low end Division I schools and most Division II schools.
Assuming Elih will remain clean off the field, this pick has the potential to become a steal for the Red Sox.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M3r-15Haf8&w=560&h=315]
9th Round: Brian Brown – LHP / North Carolina State
The Sox selected their first lefty pitcher in this draft and boy did they get a good one.
Brown pitched 98.2 innings at NC State and had a 2.74 ERA in his senior campaign. Throughout his first 10 outings – the lefty was 6-0 with a .99 ERA – earning him a spot on the Golden Spikes Watch List. The NC State standout will give the Red Sox everything that he has as exemplified by 131 pitch complete game effort in the NCAA Regionals.
Brown had an outstanding 98 K’s on the season and only allowed 26 walks, while hitters only hit .241 off him this season. Brown was also named the 2018 ACC Pitcher of the Year.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr8fWzAEnO4&w=560&h=315]
10th Round: Grant Williams – 2B / Kennesaw State
This is a safe pick for the Red Sox, a middle infielder that can hit well.
Williams stands at just 5’10” and 175 lbs, but this has not stopped him from hitting the ball well. In his senior year at Kennesaw State he hit .304 in 55 games with 37 RBIs. Look for Williams to be moved around the infield a bit as his defense is very sound making only 3 errors and had 91 putouts. Williams also had a 17 game hit streak along with 26 multi-hit games.
A little bit of a Dustin Pedroia-like player who is a sound hitter, not known for power, and plays solid defense.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsoGOdHShAE&w=560&h=315]