|06.09.16 at 11:12 pm ET|
With the No. 51 overall pick in the 2016 MLB draft, the Red Sox have selected shortstop CJ Chatham out of Florida Atlantic University.
Standing 6-foot-4, Chatham isn’t the typical shortstop, but has proven many people wrong over the years. With Florida Atlantic this past year, the right-handed hitter led the team with a .357 average, .554 slugging percentage and a .422 on-base percentage. He finished the year with eight home runs and 50 RBIs.
He was a first-team All-American by Louisville Slugger and second-team All-American by Baseball America.
There are some questions on Chatham and his future position as a professional, but some see him as the best shortstop in the draft.
The Red Sox did not have a second-round pick last year.
It is worth noting with the Red Sox taking high school left-hander Jason Groome in the first round, Chatham may need to sign for under the slotted value as the organization will need as much money as they can to go towards Groome. The slot value for No. 51 pick is $1.2 million.
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|06.09.16 at 11:10 pm ET|
Jason Groome may have been raised in a Yankees household in Yankees country, but that didn’t stop the New Jersey high schooler from loving the Red Sox.
Boston’s first-round pick in Thursday’s draft, 12th overall, the left-handed pitcher sounded beside himself in a conference call with New Jersey reporters after being selected.
“It’s a crazy feeling, just hearing my name get called, especially by the Red Sox,” he said. “It was the best experience of my life. Me and my family had no idea and when they called our name, we went crazy. It was a dream come true.”
So how did Groome end up a Red Sox fan?
“Me and my dad, I always liked Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez,” he said. “I always liked Fenway Park. Everyone in my family is a Yankees fan. I always tended to like the Red Sox fans a little bit better. I’ve just taken them as my best team. Dustin Pedroia is my favorite player just because of his work ethic, and David Price, who I like to model myself after as well. It’s just awesome ending up with Boston. I couldn’t ask for a better team to go to. I’m so comfortable because they’re my favorite team. It’s just a dream come true.”
Some analysts considered Groome the most talented player in the draft, blessed with an upper-90s fastball and devastating curveball. He slipped because of signability concerns — he just withdrew a commitment to Vanderbilt in favor of junior college, which will make him eligible for next year’s draft, should he fail to sign — as well as some maturity issues, though it’s important to note he’s only 17.
“I really didn’t feel that bad because everything happens for a reason,” Groome said. “I always said I just wanted to end up somewhere I’m comfortable and feel protected. Like I said, there’s no other spot to do that than Boston. They’re my favorite team.”
|06.09.16 at 9:57 pm ET|
The Red Sox selected high school left-handed pitcher Jason Groome No. 12 overall in the 2016 MLB draft. Groome was on record saying the Red Sox were his favorite MLB team a few weeks before the draft.
John DeRosier of The Press of Atlantic City was at Groome’s house Thursday night and captured the moments following Groome getting the phone call from the Red Sox. He was very excited.
See for yourself.
Video of Jason Groome being drafted pic.twitter.com/PucO7vQFtf
— John DeRosier (@ACPressDeRosier) June 10, 2016
|06.09.16 at 8:30 pm ET|
Despite picking at No. 12, the Red Sox might have got a No. 1 talent.
With the No. 12 overall pick, the Red Sox selected 17-year-old left-hander Jason Groome out of Barnegat, New Jersey. Groome was projected just a few weeks ago to be the No. 1 overall pick, but was passed by 11 other teams Thursday night due to reported maturity issues.
The left-hander made the Barnegat High School varsity team as a freshman, but transferred to IMG Academy in Florida for his junior year. He went 5-0 record and a 1.22 ERA with 81 strikeouts and nine walks in 43 innings, but he didn’t pitch there this year.
After reportedly being homesick, he left the school and returned to New Jersey. After some eligibility issues with transferring, he was able to pitch again with Barnegat this spring.
Since he was expecting to be selected No. 1 overall, this could impact him being willing to sign as he could go to college since he’s a high school pitcher. Obviously, he would have received more money going No. 1, but the Red Sox can go over the slotted amount for the No. 12 pick with the hope of signing him.
He was originally committed Vanderbilt but recently changed to Chipola College to give him flexibility with not signing and then re-entering the draft next year after a year at Chipola.
Groome did say recently the Red Sox were his favorite team.
“I would be ecstatic to go to my favorite team. That would be awesome,” Groome said of the Red Sox.
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|06.09.16 at 12:46 pm ET|
1. The Red Sox will have the No. 12 overall pick in Thursday night’s MLB draft and even though it is only five picks after they selected No. 7 overall last year, there is a little bit of a different mindset going in.
For director of amateur scouting Mike Rikard, who in his second year leading the draft, he and his staff are prepared. Prior last year, Rikard was the national scouting director, but took over when Amiel Sawdaye, who led the draft’s since 2010, was promoted to vice president of amateur and international scouting.
“This year, I think we’re trying to be as prepared as possible for several different scenarios, kind of being considerate of guys even past 12 that could evolve into maybe a strategy pick or something like that will be guys that we discuss as well,” said Rikard on a conference call last week. “Certainly more broad ranging than last year.”
It is the Red Sox’ first draft with Dave Dombrowski as president of baseball operations, but Rikard said he’s no different than Ben Cherington or Theo Epstein. Dombrowski will likely not play much of a role in the draft, as he generally focuses on the major league club. General manager Mike Hazen may play a small role, but generally everything is led by Rikard.
“It’s very similar. Both guys empower us as a staff and allow us to do our jobs, so that part of it is very similar,” said Rikard. “Both guys bring a very positive and enthusiastic and kind of encouraging approach to how we go about our business. More than anything the common denominator with the two is they allow me and our staff to do our jobs. That makes it easy, that’s probably the ideal way to go about it. But it’s been great.”
Things don’t stop after Thursday either as Friday will feature rounds 3-10 and Saturday will be rounds 11-40. Like they have in the past, Rikard believes the Red Sox will be able to find some impact players even in the late rounds.
“It does seem to be a fairly deep draft,” Rikard said. “We’re pretty excited about some of the possibilities a little bit deeper in the draft as well.”
|06.09.16 at 12:14 pm ET|
The first non-waiver trade deadline swerve in the road has appeared.
Rich Hill, the player most consider the top starting pitching trade target, has been sidelined once again thanks to an injured groin. Hill had been recuperating, but experienced discomfort on the 33rd of what was supposed to be a 35-pitch bullpen session.
Hill was scheduled to undergo an MRI, with the A’s announcing Thursday that he was placed on the disabled list.
This should absolutely be of some concern to the Red Sox.
For one, Hill would be a logical trade option for the Red Sox considering they are still searching for a fifth member of the starting rotation (preferably a pitcher who could be top-of-the-rotation candidate). He is in the midst of a one-year, $6 million deal with Oakland.
In 64 innings this season, Hill has totaled a 2.25 ERA, having struck out 10.41 strikeouts per nine innings (10th best in the majors).
And even if the Red Sox don’t land Hill, the presence of the lefty, if healthy, would be a significant swing in the balance of power in the American League. Stick Hill with the Orioles, and it makes thinks a heck of a lot more dicey for Dave Dombrowski’s crew.
There be other names surfaced, such as Atlanta’s Julio Teheran, Minnesota’s Ervin Santana, Philadelphia’s Jeremy Hellickson or Houston’s Doug Fister (who has been really good lately). There will always be the dream of the A’s Sonny Gray, and the pipe dream of Miami’s Jose Fernandez.
But, for now, Hill remains the most intriguing of the bunch.
|06.09.16 at 11:35 am ET|
The MLB draft is less than eight hours away and the Red Sox will pick No. 12 overall. There should be some intriguing names available when the Red Sox pick, but no one knows exactly who will be available when the Red Sox are on the clock given the uncertainty of the first 10 picks.
Last year the Red Sox selected Andrew Benintendi out of Arkansas with their first pick, No. 7 overall.
Here are who the national draft experts are predicting the Red Sox will take with their first pick this year.
Baseball America: Taylor Trammell, OF, Mt Paran Christian HS
ESPN (Keith Law): Zack Collins, C, Miami
MLB.com (Jim Callis): Ian Anderson, RHP, Shenendehowa HS
MLB.com (Jonathan Mayo): Matt Thaiss, C, Virginia
CBS Sports: Braxton Garrett, LHP, Florence HS
Sports Illustrated: Braxton Garrett, LHP, Florence HS
Sporting News: Zack Collins, C, Miami
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|06.09.16 at 11:10 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (30-29): W, 2-1, vs. Toledo (Tigers)
— The Pawtucket bats were quiet, but the Sox still managed to win as they walked off on an error in the ninth. Starter William Cuevas made up for the offense’s lackluster performance, tossing eight innings of one-run ball on four hits while striking out five and walking two. The right-hander retired the final seven batters he faced.
“[Cuevas] throws strikes, so you know what you’re going to get from him, and tonight he had fastball command on both sides of the plate,” PawSox manager Kevin Boles said (via MiLB.com).
Cuevas is 4-2 with a 2.74 ERA over 10 starts this season with Pawtucket. The 25-year-old Venezuelan has not allowed more than three runs in any of his last nine starts, and in his eight starts since being optioned from Boston on April 22, he has a 1.95 ERA.
“When you get an outing like that, everything feels good, but my command of the fastball was great today and it helped me a lot,” Cuevas said.
— Noe Ramirez got the win as he gave the PawSox the opportunity to walk off in the ninth, tossing a scoreless inning of relief.
|06.09.16 at 9:59 am ET|
David Ortiz is about to come full circle.
The 40-year-old slugger returns to Minnesota on Friday for the final time as a player, 19 years after he made his big league debut for the Twins, as the Red Sox open a three-game series.
“Just going to go over there and have fun,” Ortiz told reporters in San Francisco after the Red Sox dropped a 2-1 decision to the Giants on Wednesday. “Try to win some games, get back into the mojo, see some of my boys. I hear some of my boys are going to be there, that will be fun, see some of my boys.”
Ortiz believes former Twin Torii Hunter, who retired before this season, might be there. The two came up together as 21-year-olds in 1997. Reliever LaTroy Hawkins, another member of that team, did some coaching for the Twins in spring training after hanging up his cleats this winter, as well. And of course, Twins manager Paul Molitor, now 59, was finishing up his career when Ortiz started, too.
Ortiz, who will retire at the end of the season, is still going strong at age 40, though he has no idea why the Red Sox were forced to fly to San Francisco for two games.
“It is what it is, you just have to get used to this [BS], coming here across the country to play two games,” he told reporters. “I don’t see the point. But it is what it is. Ever thought about that, coming this far to play two games? I feel like I played five games here.”
Ortiz didn’t have the best experience in Minnesota, getting buried on Tom Kelly’s bench. His best season came in 2002, when he hit .272 with 20 homers and 75 RBIs, his season curtailed by a broken wrist. The Twins released him that offseason and the rest is history.
Ortiz hit 58 of his 519 (and counting) lifetime homers in a Twins uniform, so the city will always hold a special place for him. He hopes to leave it with one final reminder of what might have been. He’s a lifetime .323 hitter with a 1.042 OPS against them.
“I just try to do something and I have good success in Minnesota through the years,” he told reporters. “Hopefully that will continue through the last game that I play.”
|06.09.16 at 1:02 am ET|
It was billed as a pitcher’s duel and it lived up to the hype.
For six innings, Red Sox left-hander David Price and Giants counterpart Madison Bumgarner traded punches. The battle of a former Cy Young Award winner vs. a former World Series MVP stayed tied into the late innings, each pitcher only touched by a solo homer in the fourth.
Bumgarner blinked first, lifted after six innings because Red Sox hitters wore him down over the course of 101 pitches. He allowed four hits and just one run on a Chris Young homer, striking out five and walking one.
Price, meanwhile, worked at a more efficient pace, which allowed him to come back out for the eighth inning. To that point, the only run he had allowed came on a mammoth Brandon Belt homer into McCovey Cove over everything in right field just a few batters after Young had given him the lead.
Returning for the eighth proved Price’s undoing, however. He hung a changeup to Mac Williamson with his first pitch of the frame, and the former Red Sox draftee (46th round, 2011) didn’t miss, lofting it into the left field seats for the winning run in San Francisco’s 2-1 victory.
“It’s a loss. You know, it happens. We’re fine,” Price told reporters in San Francisco. “We still have a ton of confidence in this locker room. You’ve got to take the good with the bad. Madison threw the ball extremely well and the bullpen came in and threw the ball well as well. We’ve just got to move on, go into Minnesota and win some ballgames.”
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