There’s a lot to be excited about with these first two Red Sox picks.
After what seemed like an eternity last night, the Red Sox finally selected Arizona infielder Cameron Cannon with their first pick in the 2019 MLB Draft (43rd overall pick). A little later in the draft, the Red Sox selected shortstop Matthew Lugo with the 69th overall pick.
Just a reminder to everyone that the reason that the Red Sox had the lowest first pick in the draft was because the team exceeded the luxury tax penalty last year, therefore their original 30th overall pick, dropped down ten spots. They lost another three spots because of compensation picks.
Now let’s get to the picks:
The Red Sox drafted Cameron Cannon with their first pick in this year’s draft and the young prospect looks like he has a lot of potential. Cannon finished second in batting several in the PAC-12 and led the NCAA in doubles. He was selected to the All-PAC 12 team this previous year. Cannon was ranked the 79th overall player in this draft according to MLB.com.
Cannon isn’t just a shortstop – he can play multiple positions in the infield. However, he mostly played shortstop at Arizona.
Here’s a link to an article from MassLive’s Chris Cotillo that has some good quotes from Red Sox VP of Amateur Scouting, Mike Rikard.
The second pick last night for the Red Sox was infielder Matthew Lugo. Lugo is the nephew of Carlos Beltran and is the highest-ranked prospect from Puerto Rico this year.
Lugo is 18 years old and was committed to the University of Miami. He’s expected to forgo school and head straight into the Red Sox organization.
The young Puerto Rico prospect was ranked as the 38th overall prospect in the draft this year. He has a ton of potential and I’m excited about this young kid.
Puerto Rico native, Alex Cora, seemed to like the selection:
We plan on doing more prospect profiles like we did last year around this time, so be on the lookout for those!
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