Red Sox make 29 draft picks on Day 2


Red Sox make 29 draft picks on Day 2

By MaureenMullen

The Red Sox completed the second phase of the draft on Tuesday, spanning rounds 2 through 30.

They started the day by taking outfielder Williams Jerez. Jerez, selected in the second round with the 81st overall pick, was selected out of Grand Street Campus High in Brooklyn. A native of the Dominican Republic, Jerez, a 6-foot-4, 190-pounder, has led New York Citys Public School Athletic League with a .692 batting average this year, with five home runs, 32 RBI, and 26 stolen bases.

Over the first two days of the draft, the Sox have selected 20 pitchers, (14 right-handers, six left-handers), six infielders, five outfielders, and two catchers. Of the 33 players taken, 16 are from high school, 17 from college.

In the third round (111th overall pick), the Sox selected catcher Jordan Weems out of Columbus High School in Columbus, GA. Weems hit .443 (54 hits) with a .738 slugging percentage and .534 on-base percentage, playing in all 39 games for Columbus High this year en route to the schools second consecutive Georgia High School Association Class AAA State Championship. The left-handed hitter drove in 36 runs and scored 39 times. He was named to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirers First-Team and is an All-Bi-City Baseball selection. His father Rick was a minor league catcher in the Cardinals organization and his brother Chase is currently catching in the Reds system.

Another notable selection was first baseman Travis Shaw out of Kent State University, who was taken in the ninth round. His father Jeff pitched parts of 12 seasons in the majors from 1990-2001. Shaw was a First-Team All-MAC selection this year, leading the conference with 14 home runs while slugging .553 and collecting 51 RBI.

The Sox took right-handed pitcher Brenden Shepard out of Stonehill College in the 28th round. Shepard is a native of Boxford, Mass., and attended Masconoment Regional High. He had 10 saves while posting a 3.63 ERA, allowing nine earned runs over 22 13 innings with 34 strikeouts in 20 relief appearances this season.

Following are all the Sox picks from day two:

Round Player Pos. BT Height Weight School Hometown2 WilliamsJerez OF LL 6-4 190 Grand Street Campus HS Brooklyn,NY3 Jordan Weems C LR 6-3 165 Columbus High School Columbus,GA4 Noe Ramirez RHP RR 6-3 180 Cal StateFullerton East LosAngeles, CA5 Mookie Betts SS RR 5-10 165 John Overton High School Nashville, TN6 Miguel Pena LHP LL 6-2 175 San Jacinto College Palmview, TX7 Cody Kukuk LHP LL 6-4 200 Lawrence Free State HS Lawrence, KS8 SenquezGolson OF RR 5-10 191 Pascagoula High School Pascagoula, MS9 Travis Shaw 1B LR 6-4 215 Kent State University Wash. Court House, OH10 Cody Koback OF RR 6-0 185 U. of Wisconsin- Stevens Point Plover, WI11 Kevin Brahney LHP LL 6-5 220 CalState University, Chico Sunnyvale, CA12 Deshorn Lake RHP RR 6-1 210 Menchville High School Menchville, VA13 Matty Ott RHP RR 6-2 195 Louisiana State University Chalmette, LA14 Mike McCarthyRHP RR 6-3 185 CalState Bakersfield Brentwood,CA15 BradenKapteyn RHP RR 6-4 220 University of Kentucky Lansing, IL16 DanielGossett RHP RR 6-2 165 James F. Byrnes High School Duncan,SC17 BlakeForslund RHP RR 6-4 215 LibertyUniversity Lynchburg,VA18 Andrew Jones RHP RR 6-3 185 Samford University Marietta, GA19 Sikes Orvis 1B LR 6-3 210 Freedom High School Orlando, FL20 Zach Good LHP LL 6-4 185 Grayson CountyCollege Mesquite, TX21 AustinDavidson SS LR 6-0 175 Oxnard High School Oxnard, CA22 Joe Holtmeyer RHP RR 6-3 240 Univ.of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE23 Jarrett Brown LHP RL 6-3 169 Salem High School Conyers, GA24 Drew Turocy OF LL 6-3 185 University of Akron Canfield, OH25 Taylor Ard 1B RR 6-1 228 Washington State University Vancouver, WA26 Cody Dill RHP RR 6-1 165 Los Osos HighSchool RanchoCucamonga, CA27 Alex Massey RHP RR 6-2 180 Catholic High School Baton Rouge, LA28 BrendenShepard RHP RR 6-0 190 Stonehill College Boxford, MA29 Matt Spalding RHP RR 5-11 190 St. Xavier High School Louisville, KY30 Nick Moore 3B SR 6-3 210 Brookwood High School Snellville, GA.
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Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona


Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona

The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.

Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.

The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".

The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.

McAdam: World Series win could clear path to Cooperstown for Epstein or Francona

McAdam: World Series win could clear path to Cooperstown for Epstein or Francona

Sometime over the next 10 or so days, either the Chicago Cubs or Cleveland Indians will win the 2016 World Series.

Naturally, that will mean one of baseball's two longest-suffering franchises will end their championship drought. Either the Cubs will win their first title since 1908, or the Indians will win for the first time since 1948.

That alone should make for an epic World Series.

But there's another bit of history at stake, too - one of legacies.

In addition to the great discomfort felt by Red Sox ownership -- which fired the manager of one participating team and was seemingly happy to hold the door open for the exit of an executive now running the other - it will also almost certainly result, eventually, in either Terry Francona or Theo Epstein being enshrined into the Hall of Fame.

Epstein would go down as the architect who helped two star-crossed franchises win titles - the Red Sox in 2004, and the Cubs this fall.

The Red Sox went 86 years between championships; the Cubs would be ending a run of futility that stretched across 108 seasons.

That would provide Epstein with an unmatched resume when it comes to degree of difficulty. It's one thing to win it all; it's another altogether to do so with the Sox and Cubs, two clubs, until Epstein's arrival, linked in ignominy.

Epstein could become only the fourth GM in modern history win a World Series in both leagues. Frank Cashen (Orioles and Mets); John Schuerholz (Royals and Braves) and Pat Gillick (Blue Jays and Phillies).

He would also join a short list of executives who have won three rings, a list that includes contemporaries Brian Cashman and Brian Sabean.

Of course, Epstein can't claim to have constructed the entire Cubs roster, no more than he could have done when the Red Sox won in '04.

In Boston, Epstein inherited key players such as Manny Ramirez, Pedro Martinez, Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek. Similarly, Javier Baez and Willson Contreras pre-date Epstein's arrival on the North Side.

But Epstein is responsible for nearly the remainder of the roster, and hiring manager Joe Maddon, the coaching staff and most of the Baseball Operations staff, including GM Jed Hoyer and scouting director Jason McLeod.

Francona's influence on the Indians is just as obvious.

Hired in late 2012 after spending a year in the ESPN broadcast booth, he inherited a team which had suffered through four straight losing seasons. In the five previous years before Francona's hiring, the Indians averaged just over 72 wins per season.

Since his arrival, the Indians have posted four straight winning seasons, with two playoff appearances, while averaging 88 wins per season.

It hasn't seemed to matter to the Indians that they've been without two of their three best starters (Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco) this postseason or arguably, their best offensive player for all but 11 games this season (Michael Brantley).

The Indians don't make excuses for injuries, or bemoan their modest payroll. Under Francona, they just win.

This postseason, he's made up for the absences in the rotation by masterfully utilizing reliever Andrew Miller anywhere from the fifth to the ninth inning.

A third World Series would put Francona in similarly rare company. Only 10 managers have won three or more World Series and just six have done so since World War 2 - Walter Alston, Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, Bruce Bochy Sparky Anderson and Casey Stengel.

The individual accomplishments of Epstein and Francona won't take center stage this week and next -- that attention will, rightly, go to their respective beleaguered franchises.

But the subtext shouldn't be overlooked. Once the partying and the parades come to an end, a path to Cooperstown for either the winning manager or winning president of baseball operations can be cleared.