Red Sox take high school pitcher Kevin Steen in ninth round
|06.06.14 at 6:47 pm ET|
The last time the Red Sox took a two-sport baseball and basketball player whom they signed away from a scholarship at Tennessee, it worked out well. But Kevin Steen isn’t Mookie Betts.
Still, the Red Sox liked the 18-year-old right-handed pitcher out of Oak Ridge High School (Tenn.), and tabbed him with their ninth-round selection in the 2014 draft. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound pitcher has a commitment to play college ball at Tennessee. He’s topped out in the low-90s in high school with a mix of secondary pitches (curveball, slider, changeup), a mix that suggests a raw pitcher but with very good athleticism, a notion further reinforced by the fact that he was a two-sport athlete in high school (his game-ending free throws vaulted his high school team to the state championship game).
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