Photo Credit: Fresno State Athletics
This past week, I got the chance to talk to one of the newest members of the Red Sox – meet Korby Batesole!
On day 3 of the MLB Draft, the Red Sox drafted Korby Batesole out of Fresno State. Batesole spent all four of his college years at Fresno State with his dad, Mike Batesole, as his head coach.
This past season at Fresno State, Batesole hit .318 from the dish with 63 hits. The middle infielder finished the season with 14 RBI with 2 home runs.
The former Bulldog also had a really good junior season, finishing the season with a slash line of .310/.346/..472. The Fresno State infielder added 18 extra base hits that season, as well. At the end of his junior season, he was named Academic All-Mountain West.
I had the opportunity of talking to Batesole and asking him a few questions:
Question: Before the draft, who was your favorite MLB team?
KB: The Milwaukee Brewers
Question: Is their one player in the MLB that you try to model your game after?
KB: I am a big fan of Francisco Lindor. I love how he always looks like he is having fun and enjoying being on the field.
Question: Did you see Boston as a fit for you before the draft?
KB: From what I had heard about the organization and the way it is handled, I felt like it was a good fit for me. It seems like a hard-nosed organization and one that focuses on its development.
Question: What does it mean to you to be drafted?
KB: It is an honor to be drafted. It’s something that every little kid that puts on cleats dreams about.
Question: When do you expect to make an impact within the organization?
KB: Hopefully, immediately, There is no point in waiting around to make an impact, in my opinion.
After talking to Korby, I loved his attitude. He wants to make an impact right away in the Red Sox organization. I think he is just a guy that loves baseball and will do anything for his team to win.
Korby spends most of his time at shortstop, but can play second base. This adds some depth to the Red Sox middle-infielders list.
Batesole has been assigned to the Low A, Lowell Spinners. If you get a chance, head to a Spinners game to watch this young stud play.
— FS Bulldog Baseball (@FresnoStateBSB) May 10, 2017