The Boston Red Sox selected 30 players Wednesday in Rounds 11 through 40 of the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
The Red Sox made several intriguing picks, including a few with organizational or local ties, on the final day of the draft. Boston?s complete 2015 draft class includes 17 pitchers (12 right-handers, five left-handers), 11 outfielders, eight infielders and three catchers.
?We are very pleased with the players that we selected in this year?s draft,? Red Sox director of amateur scouting Mike Rikard said Wednesday, according to a press release. ?We are confident that this young, talented group will make a significant impact to the organization in the future. A tremendous amount of credit goes to our scouts for all their hard work and preparation put in for the draft. We look forward to integrating these players into our system as they begin their professional careers.?
Two of Wednesday?s selections already had ties to the organization. Boston selected second baseman Cal Smith, son of Red Sox special assignment scout Dave Klipstein, in the 33rd round (981st overall). The Red Sox then selected shortstop Nick Lovullo, son of Boston bench coach Torey Lovullo, in the 34th round (1,011th overall).
Smith, 18, helped guide Fort Worth Christian School to Texas? 4A state semifinals. Lovullo, whose father played eight seasons in the majors, was drafted out of Holy Cross, where he posted a .410 on-base percentage as a junior.
The Red Sox also added two New England natives. They drafted catcher Andrew Noviello, an 18-year-old native of Raynham, Mass., in the 25th round (741st overall) out of Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School. And they selected right-handed pitcher Trevor Kelley, a 21-year-old native of Barrington, R.I., in the 36th round (1,071 st overall) out of the University of North Carolina.
The Red Sox, of course, began their 2015 draft Monday by selecting outfielder Andrew Benintendi out of Arkansas with the seventh overall pick.
Of the 39 players the Red Sox drafted, 27 are from college and 12 are from high school.
Here?s a look at the Red Sox?s Day 3 selections, with a few highlight videos along the way:
11th round (321): Nicholos Hamilton, CF, Lockport High School (N.Y.)
12th round (351): Kevin Kelleher, RHP, University of New Orleans
13th round (381): Matt Kent, LHP, Texas A&M
14th round (411): Bobby Poyner, LHP, Florida
15th round (441): Jerry Downs, OF, St. Thomas University (Fla.)
16th round (471): Marc Brakeman, RHP, Stanford
17th round (501): Chad De La Guerra, 2B, Grand Canyon University (Ariz.)
18th round (531): James Nelson, SS, Redan High School (Ga.)
19th round (561): Logan Boyd, LHP, Sam Houston State
20th round (591): Yomar Valentin, 2B, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy (P.R.)
21st round (621): Daniel Zandona, RHP, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo
22nd round (651): Max Watt, RHP, Lynn University (Fla.)
23rd round (681): Kyri Washington, LF, Longwood University (Va.)
24th round (711): Brad Stone, LHP, North Carolina State
25th round (741): Andrew Noviello, C, Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School (Mass.)
26th round (771): Kevin Ginkel, RHP, Southwestern College (Calif.)
27th round (801): Saige Jenco, CF, Virginia Tech
28th round (831): Steve Mangrum, 3B, Western Albemarle High School (Va.)
29th round (861): Will Stillman, RHP, Wofford (S.C.)
30th round (891): Jack Conley, C, Leesville Road High School (N.C.)
31st round (921): Nick Duron, RHP, Clark Community College (Wash.)
32nd round (951): Clate Schmidt, RHP, Clemson
33rd round (981): Cal Smith, 2B, Fort Worth Christian School (Texas)
34th round (1,011): Nick Lovullo, SS, Holy Cross
35th round (1,041): Tyler Spoon, OF, Arkansas
36th round (1,071): Trevor Kelley, RHP, North Carolina
37th round (1,101): Adam Lau, RHP, Alabama-Birmingham
38th round (1,131): CJ Ballard, CF, Pike County High School (Ga.)
39th round (1,161): Daniel Reyes, OF, Mater Academy Charter School (Fla.)
40th round (1,191): DJ Artis, CF, Southeast Guilford High School (N.C.)
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