Red Sox Put Emphasis on Pitchers, College Players Through First Two Days of MLB Draft

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Ben CheringtonThe Red Sox made eight more picks on Day 2 of the 2013 MLB draft, and they’re continuing to put an emphasis on finding some more pitchers.

Boston selected catcher Jon Denney with their third-round pick Friday, choosing the high school senior with the 81st overall pick. He hit .459 with 11 home runs for Yukon (Okla.) High School, and he was considered a first-round talent by many scouts. Denney was a 2013 Rawlings First-Team All-American and the No. 3-rated catcher in the draft, according to Baseball America.

The Sox also drafted pitchers Myles Smith (fourth round), Corey Littrell (fifth), Mike Adams (seventh), Kyle Martin (ninth) and Taylor Grover (10th). Centerfielders Jordon Austin (sixth round) and Forrestt Allday (eighth) rounded out the team’s top ten rounds of picks.

Three of the players are from high school, while seven are from college.

Aetna Strikeouts for A Cause

For every strikeout by a Red Sox pitcher at Fenway Park in June, Aetna will donate $250 to Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Through June 25, the donation mark stands at $30,000.

Through their continued efforts in the local community, Aetna is helping to build a healthier world -- one city and one strikeout at a time.

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