Rain forces Red Sox day/night double-header Saturday; Boston heavy on pitching in first two days of draft

bosox1Inclement weather moved into Boston most of Friday, forcing the scheduled Red-Sox /Angels contest to be rescheduled as a day/night double header on Saturday.  The rescheduled game is slated to begin at 1:05 at Fenway with Felix Doubront (4-2) taking the mound for Boston to face Tommy Hanson with a record of 2-2.  No starters have been officially announced for Saturday night, but C.J. Wilson was expected to get the start at 4-4, facing undefeated Clay Buchholz looking for his ninth win against no losses.

The Red Sox emphasized pitching through the first seven rounds of Major League Baseball’s Amateur Draft Thursday and Friday.  Here is a quick snapshot of Boston’s selections through Friday afternoon’s second day of the draft with information available at draft time:

Round 1 (7th player overall)-Trey Ball, New Chrysler High School, Indiana.  LHP/outfielder.  6-5 175lbs.  Has 90-92 mph fastball, good change up and nice slow curve.  One of the drafts most interesting players with good bat and outfield skills.  When frame fills out projected as a pitcher at the major league level.

Round 2 (45th player overall)-Teddy Stankiewicz, Seminole State CC, Oklahoma.  RHP.  Good fastball, average secondary pitches.  Projected as middle of the rotation starter down the road.

Round 3 (81st player overall)-Jon Denny, Yukon H.S., Oklahoma.  6-2 205 lbs, Catcher.  Many label him the best catcher in a solid crop of high school catchers getting attention in this year’s draft.  Good receiver behind the plate, strong arm and hits with some power.  Scouts say he has the complete package and the demeanor of another Sox catcher with similar physical size, Jason Varitek.  May be Boston’s best pick in the 2013 draft.

Round 4 (113th player overall)-Lee University, Tennessee.  6-1 175 lbs.  RHP.  Fastball in mid-to-low 90s with good change up and slider, projected as a solid reliever at the major league level.

Round 5 (143rd player overall) Corey Littrell, Kentuck, LHP.  6-3 195lbs.  Does not have a dominant pitch, but knows HOW to pitch.  May be fastest to major league level of Red Sox pitchers in this draft.  Projected as a good lefty reliever and possible back of the rotation starter.

Round 6 (173rd player overall) Jordon Austin, Forest H.S. Fla.  CF, 6-0 195 lbs, R/R.  Good speed, good power, solid all around athlete.  Was a two-sport star in high school and has drawn football attention from University of Central Florida, Florida, Samford and Akron.  Said to be leaning toward baseball as his future.

Round 7 (203rd player overall)-Mike Adams, University of Tampa. LHP  6-3 215 lbs.  Didn’t pitch much in first two seasons but in 2013 became team’s bullpen ace.  Fastball in upper 80s with wicked curve.



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