|06.09.10 at 1:50 am ET|
The Red Sox made Texas Christian senior righthander Tyler Lockwood their pick in the 25th round. The 6-foot-0, 180-pounder has plenty of experience as both a starter and reliever, as he spent the majority of his freshman year at TCU pitching out of the bullpen before heading to the rotation for more than a season and currently leading the Horned Frogs with five saves.
Lockwood generally pitches to contact, according to Baseball America. The 22-year-old has a 2.06 ERA and a 6-2 record with 35 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings.
|06.09.10 at 1:29 am ET|
The Red Sox spent their 24th-round pick (No. 743 overall) on 6-foot-7, 190-pound Nebraska sophomore righthander Sean Yost. The tall hurler hasn’t dazzle statistically so far for Nebraska, posting a 6.09 career ERA in two seasons.
This season, Yost, went 2-1 with a 6.21 ERA in 19 appearances. He began the season as a starter but was bumped from the rotation after five starts, perceivably due to his struggles. He settled down as a reliever as he recorded an ERA of 3.60 in his last 10 appearances of the season.
It can be assumed that the draw with the statistically bland Yost is the big frame and strong arm. According to baseballdraftreport.com Yost throws in the mid-90’s, which could make him an interesting project.
|06.09.10 at 1:14 am ET|
After choosing high school players with the previous nine picks, the Red Sox selected Chipola Junior College left-handed pitcher Austin Wright with the 713th overall pick. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Wright was initially headed to Arkansas before going to Chipola. After two years of junior college, he must now decide between signing on with the Red Sox or make good on his letter of intent to attend Ole Miss.
According to numerous scouting reports, Wright, who went 7-3 with a 3.90 ERA in 13 starts this season, has a low-to-mid 90’s fastball that is complemented by a changup and breaking ball. He was selected by the Pirates in the same round as this year (23) two years ago.
|06.09.10 at 12:55 am ET|
The Red Sox took Newport (WA) High School middle infielder Trace Tam Sing with the 683rd overall pick of the MLB draft on Tuesday. Sing, whom the Sox drafted as a second baseman, is currently committed to play at Washington State next season.
The 6-foot-0, 175-pound Sing hit .439 with two homers and 18 RBI in his senior year. According to PerfectGame.org, Sing is a “high level defensive middle infielder” with “good tools at the plate.”
|06.09.10 at 12:38 am ET|
Sox continued their high-school pitcher-heavy second day of the MLB draft by taking Holland Hall (OK) righthander Mason Justice in the 21st round. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound Justice, who was the 653rd overall selection, is set to attend Kent State in the fall.
According to RebelGroove.com, Justice has a fastball that sits in the 89-91 mph range. He considered Ole Miss a top choice due to his father having played there but ultimately settled on Kent State.
|06.08.10 at 11:46 pm ET|
After previously selecting a high school catcher in the form of Michael Hollenbeck in the 14th round, the Red Sox added another in choosing Brandon (FL) High backstop Roderick Shoulders with the 623rd pick. The 6-foot-2 Shoulders is committed to State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota after hitting .377 with four homers and 27 RBI as a senior.
Speaking with TampaBay.com after being selected, Shoulders, who has also been scouted as a corner infielder, expressed an indication that there is a good chance he will sign with the Sox rather than attending college.
“That’s what I want to do right now,” Shoulders, who grew up a Yankees fan, said on signing with the Red Sox. “It’s always been my No. 1 goal to play pro ball. Manatee is a good program, so you can’t automatically count them out.”
|06.08.10 at 11:11 pm ET|
The Red Sox took their fourth high school right-handed pitcher in a row when they chose Eric Jaffe out of Bishop O’Dowd (CA) School with the 593rd pick of the MLB draft. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Jaffe is committed to Cal.
Jaffe was recruited to Cal as both a pitcher and first baseman, as his bat got him plenty of attention at Bishop O’Dowd. He hit .471 with eight homers as a junior and went 3-0 with an ERA of 1.91. Jaffe had 47 strikeouts in 33 innings and allowed just 11 hits in his junior campaign. Considering he was announced as a pitcher when the Red Sox made their selection, his days at the plate are likely over, but just in case he does see any time at first in the future, here’s a look at his swing:
|06.08.10 at 10:44 pm ET|
The Red Sox took Shasta High School (CA) right-hander Dallas Chadwick in the 18th round, making the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder the 563rd overall selection. Chadwick fanned 113 as a senior while posting a minuscule ERA of 0.51. He is committed to Sacramento State.
Chadwick had a consistently dominant high school career. He went 9-2 in 11 starts as a sophomore with a 1.76 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 55-plus innings. In 55 innings as a junior, Chadwick went 6-3 with a 1.02 ERA and 86 strikeouts for Shasta. He said back in April that he chose Sacramento State because he viewed it as a school that would give him significant innings early on.
|06.08.10 at 10:04 pm ET|
The Red Sox selected 6-foot-0, 185-pound Land O’Lakes (FL) high school right-hander Jason Garcia in the 17th round (533rd overall). Coming from a family of Rays fans, Garcia will have a hard time selling his potential new team to his loved ones.
“My dad said no matter how far I make it they will never wear Red Sox jerseys,” Garcia told TampaBay.com after being selected.
Garcia is committed to St. Petersburg College but has said he will decide between the Sox and school by the end of the week. Garcia, who has a 94-mph fastball, went 6-4 with a 1.46 ERA and 107 strikeouts in his senior year at Land O’Lakes.
|06.08.10 at 10:04 pm ET|
Tim Wakefield rebounded from two straight subpar outings by hurling a gem against the Indians, leading the Red Sox to a 3-2 win, at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Wakefield allowed just two runs on four hits over 7 1/3 innings, striking out six and not walking a batter. (The knuckleballer has now gone 13 1/3 innings without issuing a free pass.)
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX
– The Red Sox bullpen came through in a big way. After a Travis Hafner double drove Wakefield from the game with one out in the eighth, Hideki Okajima came on to induce a Trevor Crowe ground out. After walking Shin-Soo Choo after going to a full count, putting the potential go-ahead runner at first, Ramon Ramirez entered and induced an inning-ending line-out to right field off the bat of Austin Kearns to end the threat and preserve Wakefield’s decision. Daniel Bard closed it out, earning the save with a one-hit ninth.
– As if it wasn’t enough that Wakefield pitched one of his best games of the season, but he set a record in the process. After retiring Russell Branyan on a pop up to shortstop Marco Scutaro in the seventh inning, Wakefield passed Roger Clemens for the all-time Red Sox leader for most innings pitched with 2,776 1/3.
– David Ortiz found some optimism in the month of June, earning his third hit of June while snapping his 0-for-17 drought. The single, which was hit sharply to right field, plated Kevin Youkilis with the Sox’ second run.
– Kevin Youkilis had quite a night, going 3-for-4 to raise his average to .324. Youkilis is now hitting .454 for the month (15-for-33). And to cap off his evening, the first baseman notched his second steal of the season (he had seven last year). The Red Sox as a team are now just one steal away from having the fewest swipes in the majors(18), narrowly trailing the Orioles. The Sox also now have steals in four straight games for the first time this season.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX
– Adrian Beltre‘s defense has taken a slight turn for the worse. After not making an error for 22 straight games, the Red Sox third baseman has now made three in a matter of the last four contests. Tuesday night the miscue came on a first-inning, two-out grounder off the bat of Jhonny Peralta, allowing Shin-Soo Choo to score the game’s first run.
– Mike Cameron did make a nice running catch on the warning track in the sixth inning on a drive by Trevor Crowe (who opened the door for a three-run fourth inning by the Red Sox after dropping Victor Martinez‘ fly ball). But Cameron did run into some trouble in the first when he dove and missed a sinking liner by Choo, allowing the ball to get behind him and putting the Cleveland outfielder on third.
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