Red Sox sign a handful of lower-round draft picks
|06.17.13 at 2:31 pm ET|
According to an industry source, the Red Sox have
signed a handful of lower-round picks. A brief look:
Bryan Hudson — 15th round, OF, Mill Creek HS (Ga.)
Georgia area scouts Brian Moehler and Rob English identified Hudson early in the spring as an athletic outfielder with a projectable body, exceptional speed — a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale — and some life in his bat. The Sox are hopeful that he represents a potential below-the-radar find.
Joe Gunkel — 18th round, RHP, West Chester University (junior)
Gunkel, a 6-foot-5 right-hander, went 7-4 with a 2.44 ERA with 76 punchouts and 11 walks in 77 1/3 innings. In 11 starts, he had nine complete games. His most noteworthy work came the previous summer, when he was named the tournament MVP while leading West Chester to the Division II national championship on the strength of 18 scoreless innings, punctuating a year in which he went 10-1 with a 2.07 ERA, 45 strikeouts and 16 walks in 87 innings. He’s expected to head to the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League.
Reed Gragnani — 21st round, IF/OF, University of Virginia (senior)
Gragnani hit .304/.375/.424 as a senior while launching the first three homers of his college career. The 22-year-old is versatile, having bounced between all three outfield positions as well as multiple positions on the infield. He marks a second-time Red Sox draftee, having also been selected by the team in the 27th round of the 2009 draft. According to this Q&A, his aspirations ultimately appear to be in a major league baseball operations department either on the player development or scouting side, and he has a truly disgusting pillow.
Jantzen Witte — 24th round, 3B, Texas Christian University (senior)
Witte hit .292/.393/.428 with more walks (32) than strikeouts (25) as a senior at TCU. The 23-year-old was named a Second-team All-Big 12 member. He is described in this feature as possessing an unusual swing that is a byproduct of his tennis background.
Danny Bethea — 34th round, C, St. John’s University (senior)
The 23-year-old hit .276/.353/.380 with one homer as a senior. As a junior, he launched a three-run, walk-off homer in NCAA regional play to allow St. John’s to author what was considered a monumental upset against the University of North Carolina.
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