Sox go lefty, righty with next two picks


Sox go lefty, righty with next two picks

The Red Sox went for college pitching with their second and third picks -- one lefthanded, the other righthanded.

With the 31st pick, the Sox chose lefty Brian Johnson from the University of Florida. Johnson isn't overpowering, but has good command and projects as a No. 3 or 4 starter down the road. The feeling among scouts is that, thanks to his command and secondary pitches, he could move up the minor leagues very quickly.

Johnson is also a power-hitting first baseman, but the expectation is that the Red Sox view him as a pitcher.

Six picks later, the Sox went with righthander Pat Light from Monmouth University. Light has a big frame (6-foot-6, 210 pounds) and can throw in the mid-90s. He's been compared to Tampa Bay's Jeff Niemann.

Light was undefeated in high school (20-0). This past year, he was 7-3 with a 2.81 ERA. He struck out 87 and walked just 12 in 86 innings.

Both picks were compensation for the Sox losing free agent closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Philadelphia Phillies last off-season.

Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.