Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Red Sox Draft Picks

The picks: Matt Barnes (19), Blake Swihart (26), Henry Owens (36), Jackie Bradley (40)

I'm not going to pretend like I know anything about these guys, because I don't, but Keith Law likes the picks and I'm just going to copy and paste his whole analysis:

Summary: I hinted at this on Twitter, but some of the credit for Boston's draft is just that the right guys fell to the team. However, the Red Sox do deserve the rest of the credit for actually taking them (and, presumably, paying them). They got Blake Swihart, who I think will be an impact hitter and has a chance to do it as a catcher, with their second pick after preseason top-10 guy Matt Barnes -- whose velocity was fine but didn't show great command this year -- fell to them at No. 19. Henry Owens was spot on in the sandwich round as a projectable lefty who already hits 93 mph and has great deception, and they took a flier on Jackie Bradley's recovery from injury much as they did last year with Anthony Ranaudo.

So there you have it, all of these guys are going to be studs and probably the next Pedro Martinez'.

On another note the Nationals selected Rice 3rd baseman Anthony Rendon, getting Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon in 3 straight years is downright silly.

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