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Sox take three locals on day three of the draft

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Sox take three locals on day three of the draft

By MaureenMullen
CSNNE.com

The Red Sox wrapped up the third and final day of the draft by taking a local product, right-handed pitcher John Gorman from Norwood, Mass. and Catholic Memorial High School with their final pick in the 50th round on Wednesday.

In all, the Sox took 29 pitchers (21 right-handers, eight lefties), 10 infielders, 10 outfielders and four catchers. Of the 53 players they selected, 29 are from high school, 24 from college.

One of the familiar names they drafted is third baseman Matt Gedman from UMass-Amherst. His father Rich was a catcher with the Sox for 11 of his 13 big league seasons and is currently the hitting coach for short-season Lowell. Matt earned an All-New Englandfirst team selectionand was named to the Atlantic 10 Baseball All-Conference First Team after leading the A-10 with a .402 average (76-for-189) this season.

On Day 3, the Sox added another player with local ties. Right-hander Corey Vogt from Suffield, Conn. and Keene State College in New Hampshire was their 39th-round pick. Vogt, a two-time All-Little East Conference reliever, had four saves while posting a 2.82 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 16 relief outings with Keene State this year.

Gorman was named Gatorade MassachusettsBaseball Player of the Year, posting a record of 6-1 with a 0.14 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 51.0 innings at the time. He also hit .362 as a third baseman.

Following are all the Sox picks in the 2011 draft:

RD PLAYER POS. BT HT WT SCHOOL HOMETOWN1 MattBarnes RHP RR 6-4 203 University of Connecticut Bethel,CT1 BlakeSwihart C SR 6-1 175 V.Sue Cleveland HS Rio Rancho, NMComp. HenryOwens LHP LL 6-6 190 EdisonHigh School Huntington Beach, CAComp. Jackie Bradley Jr. OF LR 5-10 175 University of South Carolina Prince George, VA2 Williams Jerez OF LL 6-4 190 Grand Street Campus HS Brooklyn,NY3 JordanWeems C LR 6-3 165 ColumbusHigh School Columbus, GA4 NoeRamirez RHP RR 6-3 180 CalState Fullerton East Los Angeles,CA5 MookieBetts SS RR 5-10 165 JohnOverton High School Nashville, TN6 MiguelPena LHP LL 6-2 175 SanJacinto College Palmview, TX7 CodyKukuk LHP LL 6-4 200 LawrenceFree State HS Lawrence, KS8 SenquezGolson OF RR 5-10 191 PascagoulaHigh School Pascagoula, MS9 TravisShaw 1B LR 6-4 215 KentState University Wash. Court House, OH10 CodyKoback OF RR 6-0 185 U.of Wisconsin Stevens Point Plover, WI11 KevinBrahney LHP LL 6-5 220 CalState University, Chico Sunnyvale,CA12 Deshorn Lake RHP RR 6-1 210 Menchville High School Menchville,VA13 MattyOtt RHP RR 6-2 195 Louisiana State University Chalmette,LA14 MikeMcCarthy RHP RR 6-3 185 Cal State Bakersfield Brentwood,CA15 BradenKapteyn RHP RR 6-4 220 Universityof Kentucky Lansing, IL16 DanielGossett RHP RR 6-2 165 JamesF. Byrnes High School Duncan, SC17 BlakeForslund RHP RR 6-4 215 LibertyUniversity Lynchburg, VA18 AndrewJones RHP RR 6-3 185 SamfordUniversity Marietta, GA19 SikesOrvis 1B LR 6-3 210 Freedom High School Orlando,FL20 ZachGood LHP LL 6-4 185 Grayson County College Mesquite, TX21 AustinDavidson SS LR 6-0 175 OxnardHigh School Oxnard, CA22 JoeHoltmeyer RHP RR 6-3 240 Univ.of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE23 JarrettBrown LHP RL 6-3 169 SalemHigh School Conyers, GA24 DrewTurocy OF LL 6-3 185 Universityof Akron Canfield, OH25 TaylorArd 1B RR 6-1 228 WashingtonState University Vancouver, WA26 CodyDill RHP RR 6-1 165 Los Osos High School RanchoCucamonga, CA27 AlexMassey RHP RR 6-2 180 CatholicHigh School Baton Rouge, LA28 BrendenShepard RHP RR 6-0 190 StonehillCollege Boxford, MA29 MattSpalding RHP RR 5-11 190 St.Xavier High School Louisville, KY30 NickMoore 3B SR 6-3 210 BrookwoodHigh School Snellville, GA31 TylerWells OF RR 6-5 180 Lexington Catholic High School Lexington, KY32 JuliusGaines SS RR 6-0 165 LuellaHigh School Locust Grove, GA33 DavidChester 1B RR 6-5 270 Universityof Pittsburgh Collinsville, OK34 BenDartnell LHP RL 6-2 200 Vauxhall High School EastSt. Paul, Manitoba35 CarlosCoste C RR 6-2 186 AcademiaBautista High School San Juan, Puerto Rico36 Jace Herrera RHP RR 6-4 210 Wekiva High School Apopka,FL37 Robert Youngdahl OF LL 6-2 185 Hill-Murray High School Maplewood, MN38 TylerPoole RHP RR 6-6 205 Hickory High School Hickory,NC39 CoreyVogt RHP RR 6-0 170 KeeneState College Suffield, CT40 JordanGross LHP LL 6-2 195 DonBosco Prep HS Franklin Lakes,NJ41 MattMarquis OF RR 6-0 200 Universityof Maryland Annandale, NJ42 DerekODell SS RR 5-11 210 CanyonHigh School Canyon, TX43 BrandonDownes OF RR 6-2 175 South Plainfield High School South Plainfield, NJ44 MattMartin C RR 6-1 195 ThePendleton School (HS) Bradenton,FL45 MattGedman 3B LR 6-2 205 UMASS Amherst Framingham,MA46 MacWilliamson OF RR 6-4 240 WakeForest University Wake Forest, NC47 SamWolff RHP RR 6-2 195 College of Southern Nevada Rapid City, SD48 DavidSosebee RHP RR 6-1 200 WhiteCounty High School Cleveland,GA49 JaddSchmeltzer RHP RR 6-5 245 CornellUniversity Tappan, NY50 John Gorman RHP RR 6-2 220 CatholicMemorial High School Norwood, MA
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Red Sox can be thankful for a successful past and a bright future

Red Sox can be thankful for a successful past and a bright future

For the glass-is-half-full folks, there are those back-to-back Eastern Division titles. For the glass-is-half-empty folks, well, there are those two first-round playoff ousters (though both their conquerers made it to the World Series, and one of them won it). But, here on Thanksgiving night, there's plenty for Red Sox Nation to be thankful for, starting with . . . 


YOUR GOOD HEALTH

We know you don’t need the Red Sox to know you how important the most basic elements of life are. But sometimes, the typical fantasy land of baseball can grab our attention. The death of 17-year-old Sox prospect Daniel Flores (above) this month from complications because of cancer didn’t take away only a potentially great baseball career. It took away a beloved, hard-working young person from the people who loved him. He had just made millions of dollars in July for his talent on the field, but what does such a windfall matter compared to one’s health? His cancer was both rare and fast-moving, per the Boston Globe.

MOOKIE, JACKIE, XANDER, BENINTENDI, DEVERS

The kids deserve some love. They probably won’t be together on the Red Sox forever. Heck, the group could get broken up this winter. But while any of the Killer B’s (plus a D) remain on the Sox, there should be a sense of optimism. Two straight 93-win seasons may have resulted in a first-round exit, and 2017 didn’t meet expectations for some individual performances. But you know what? The youths are still damn good, and there’s time for them to show us they can be even better.

INSANELY GOOD PITCHERS IN CHRIS SALE AND CRAIG KIMBREL

Neither hogs the spotlight once the game ends or says too much. Sale doesn’t even have Twitter. But the righty closer and lefty starter both do two things exceedingly well: make batters swing and miss, and prevent runs. When both pitch, your seat at the park may well be worth the price of admission. (But we won’t ask what you paid for those seats.) Sale didn’t take down Pedro Martinez’s Sox single-season strikeout record this year, finishing with five fewer than Martinez’s 313 in 1999. But he could have done it. And with a little more rest next year, one can envision him plowing his way through playoff opponents too.

ALEX CORA'S NEW DIRECTION

A first-time manager’s not a sure thing, but as Sox owner John Henry noted, there was a feeling it was time for a change. It’s a little early to be thinking ahead to a New Year’s resolution, but a manager who better connects with his players and brings a different vibe to the day-to-day scene is reason to feel the Sox are following the right road map. Plus, if nothing else, Cora took that awesome picture walking toward Fenway.

A CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SPREE MAY BE AROUND THE CORNER

We don’t want to be too materialistic. But Uncle Dave Dombrowski couldn’t let you buy everything you wanted last year. The credit card companies needed him to step back for a year. Now he’s ready to spend. He might not close down Bloomingdale’s for the day for you to do your private shopping, but if you need a couple great jackets to complete your look, it sounds like he’s ready to get you some designer threads. He probably feels there won’t be too many chances to have a moment like this with you, at this stage of your life, and he wants to make the most of it.

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Why the Red Sox should sign not one but two relievers

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Why the Red Sox should sign not one but two relievers

BOSTON — There is a world outside of Giancarlo Stanton. 

Stanton, at this point, simply doesn’t appear likely to end up in Boston. That should feel obvious to those following along, and so should this: it can change. 

But there are other pursuits. Besides their search for a bat or two, the Red Sox have been actively pursuing left-handed relief options. Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski is a fast mover, but this year’s market has not been.

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Robbie Ross Jr. and Fernando Abad are both free agents, leaving Robby Scott as the lone incumbent southpaw from last season's primary group. Brian Johnson is bound for the pen, with Roenis Elias as a depth option too.  Still, even if Johnson’s transition pans out, the Sox still have an opening for a late-inning reliever with the departure of free agent Addison Reed. 

Reed is a righty, but between Matt Barnes, Joe Kelly, Heath Hembree, Carson Smith, and Craig Kimbrel, the Sox have more right-handed choices than left. Coming back from surgery, Tyler Thornburg, should be in the mix eventually too, but it's difficult to expect too much from him.

What the Red Sox should do: sign one of each for the bullpen, one righty, and one lefty. And then trade a righty or two. Turn some of that mishmash into an addition elsewhere. Be creative. 

Because inevitably, come midseason, the Sox will want to add another bullpen arm if they sign just one now. Why wait until you have to give up prospect capital when you can just add the piece you want now?

Go get a near-sure thing such as Pat Neshek, a veteran who walks no one and still strikeouts a bunch. At 37 with an outgoing personality, Neshek also brings leadership to a team that is looking for some. He walked just six guys in 62 innings last season. Entering his 12th season in the majors, he’s looking for his first ring.

All these top of the market relievers may be handsomely paid. But relievers are still something of a bargain compared to position players and starting pitchers. One of the key words for this winter should be creativity. If there’s value to be had in the reliever market, capitalize on it. 

Comeback kid Mike Minor, Jake McGee and Tony Watson headline the crop of free agent lefties available. Brad Hand of the Padres could also be had by trade but his market isn’t moving too quickly (and he won’t come cheaply).

Minor, 29, who posted a 2.55 ERA in 2017 after health issues kept him out of the majors in 2015-16, is expected to be paid handsomely. He is also open to the idea of potentially starting if a team is interested in him doing so. The Royals reportedly could give him that shot.

McGee’s American League East experience could be appealing.

He's 31 and had a 3.61 ERA with the Rockies in 2017 and has a 3.15 ERA lifetime. He’s not quite the strikeout pitcher he was earlier in his career — he had an 11.6 K/9 in 2015 — but a 9.1 K/9 is still very strong, particularly when coupled with just 0.6 homers allowed per nine.

For what it’s worth: McGee has also dominated the Red Sox, who have a .125 average, .190 on-base percentage and .192 slugging against him in 117 regular-season plate appearances. 

McGee throws a mid-90s fastball with a low-80s slider. He can operate up in the zone, and he actually has been even more effective against righties than lefties in his career, including in 2017. McGee’s been a closer, too, with 44 career saves.

The Sox had the second-best bullpen in the majors by ERA in 2017, at 3.07. Yet, come the postseason, there wasn’t a sense of great confidence or even a clear shape to the pecking order behind one of the absolute best relievers in the game, Kimbrel.