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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Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Starter Drew Pomeranz gives up three runs on five hits in four innings of work in the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday.

Lou Merloni breaks down Pomeranz's start and explains why he should be in the starting rotation to begin the season.

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

The dearth of homegrown starting pitching for the Red Sox is talked about almost as much as every Tom Brady post on Instagram.

Red Sox fans may take some solace in knowing their team isn’t the only one dealing with this problem.

In an interview with MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman didn’t talk about his team’s pitching problems in context of the Red Sox. But the explanation the longtime Yanks boss offered should sound familiar. 

In the biggest of markets, time to develop properly is scarce.

“Yeah. It's a fact,” Cashman said when asked if criticism of their pitching development was fair. “I think part of the process has been certainly where we draft. Because we've had a lot of success, we've not been allowed to tank and go off the board and therefore get access to some of the high-end stuff that plays out to be impactful. Part of it is we can't get out of our own way because we don't have the patience to let guys finish off their development, because if you possess some unique ability that stands out above everybody else -- whether it was Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, now [Luis] Severino and before that [Bryan] Mitchell and Shane Greene -- we're pulling them up before their development is finished.

“Teams like Tampa Bay, for instance, they're going to wait until they have their four pitches down and their innings limits are all exceeded at the minor-league level; they're very disciplined in that approach as they finish off their starters. For us, if I'm looking at my owner and he says, ‘What's our best team we can take north?’ 

“Well, ‘We could take this guy; he's not necessarily 100 percent finished off, but we can stick him in our 'pen. He can be in the back end of our rotation, because he's better than some of the guys we already have,’ and then you cut corners, so I think that probably plays a role in it.”

Not everything is circumstantial, though -- or a deflection. 

“And sometimes we don't make the right decisions, either, when we're making draft selections and signings and stuff like that,” Cashman continued. “On top of it all, playing in New York is a lot different than playing anywhere else.”

We’ve heard that last part about Boston too, here and there.

Cashman was complimentary of his current Sox counterpart, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, whose team Cashman has compared to the Golden State Warriors.

On his feelings when he first heard the Sox were getting Chris Sale:

“When that trade was consummated, that was the first thing I thought about, which was, 'Wow, look at what they've done,' ” Cashman said. “I know how it's going to play out for them. Listen, Steve Kerr does a great job managing that team -- oh, I mean John Farrell. It's a lot of talent and with talent comes pressure to perform. I think Dave Dombrowski has done everything he possibly can to provide that city with a world championship team. They've got 162 games to show it.”