If pitching and defense is the key to a championship-caliber baseball team, then the Boston Red Sox are hoping they've positioned themselves for future success with their draft picks.
The Sox selected six pitchers with their nine picks on the second day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Friday, including right-hander Teddy Stankiewicz with the 45th overall pick. The 19-year-old spent this past season pitching for Seminole State, a junior college in Oklahoma. The 6-foot-4, 200 lb. Stankiewicz was taken by the Mets in the 2012 second round, but chose not to sign and go to junior college to be eligible for this year's draft.
Friday's selections make seven total pitchers drafted by the Sox thus far after picking lefty Trey Ball with the No. 7 pick in Thursday's first round.
The other five pitchers Boston picked on Friday included right-hander Myles Smith from Lee University in the fourth round; junior lefty Corey Littrell from Kentucky in the fifth round; lefty Mike Adams, who spent his time at the University of Tampa coming out of the bullpen, in the seventh round; ninth-round right-hander Kyle Martin from Texas A&M; and righty Taylor Grover out of South Carolina Aiken in the 10th round.
The Red Sox picked 6-foot-2, 205 lb. catcher Jon Denney from Yukon High School in Oklahoma. Denney, 18, took to Twitter to express his excitement for joining the Sox.
"This is awesome i have been a Red Sox fan my whole life! Ever since I started watching MLB baseball, now I'm apart of their organization!" he said via Twitter.
The Sox also added a center fielder -- Forrestt Allday -- from Central Arkansas in the eighth round.