It was a busy day for the Red Sox, making eight selections in the MLB Draft.
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It’s no secret that the Boston Red Sox have been dealing with luxury tax / salary cap issues, but the front office addressed that very issue by pursuing a heavy amount of collegiate talent in the early stages of the 2019 draft. Typically, there’s less financial negotiations when involving older players, which plays perfectly to the current needs of the organization. Additionally, there’s a quicker development for older players, which will continue to allow for the Sox to fill out a once-barren farm system.
After selecting two promising infield talents on Monday, the Red Sox turned their attention to plenty of pitching. Dave Dombrowski, and company, selected 5 pitchers on Tuesday – and one particular arm that has “plus” potential.
Ryan Zeferjahn and Noah Song highlight the crop of pitching talent, as they represent the Red Sox 3rd and 4th round selections. Zeferjahn was a standout at Kansas this season, garnering 1st Team All Big 12 recognition and posting a 3.97 ERA. He’ll get the opportunity to develop as a starter, but many scouts believe that he could find quicker success as a big league reliever.
Noah Song brings more buzz than the average fourth round selection. Off of a breakout season with the Naval Academy, the righty was listed as the 68th overall prospect in this year’s draft, but with an interesting caveat. Song has a two year commitment to the Naval Academy, in which he’ll be unable to join the Red Sox organization. It’s not unprecedented, but it certainly will slow down his immediate development.
The promising pitcher will be a name to monitor, as scouts raved over his talent, and reaffirmed that he would’ve been a top two round pick without the naval commitment. He has legitimate potential, which allowed for the Red Sox to take him at a discounted pick value.
Additionally, the Sox selected Jaxx Groshans (Catcher / Kansas), Chris Murphy (LHP / U of San Diego), Brock Bell, and son of former MLB talent Jay Bell (SP / Florida at Manatee Sarasota), Wil Dalton (CF / Florida), Cody Scroggins (SP / Arkansas), and Stephen Scott (OF / Vanderbilt). Keep in mind that hidden gems are everywhere and selection position doesn’t indicate long-term development and talent.
The Boston Red Sox will look to continue to add valuable talent, as Day 3 kicks off in a matter of hours.