Red Sox make 29 draft picks on Day 2

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Red Sox make 29 draft picks on Day 2

By MaureenMullen
CSNNE.com

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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Quotes, notes and stars: Barnes takes the blame in loss

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Quotes, notes and stars: Barnes takes the blame in loss

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 10-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals:

QUOTES

“That one’s one me. I’ve got to do a better job of securing that lead and getting out of that inning.” - Matt Barnes on giving up the lead.

“When he tries to go down and away to right-handers, the ball’s leaking back to the middle a bit. That was the case against [Lorenzo] Cain [and Raul] Mondesi in this case tonight. It’s on the plate first pitch, bases loaded he’s trying to get a strike to get ahead. But in general, Barnes has pitched to the edge at times and missed, and then when he’s on the plate it’s probably found the middle of the plate a bit too much.” - John Farrell on Barnes’ outing.

“I think everybody in that bullpen believes in every single person down there.” - Barnes said on the bullpen.

“It was good, everything was good . . . Just the fastball command was a little out of control.” - Eduardo Rodriguez on his left hamstring and his performance.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz launched his 31st home run of the season, which also marked the 534th of his career, tying Jimmie Foxx for 18th on the all-time home run chart.

* Mookie Betts recorded his Major League-leading 56th multi-hit game of the season.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. finished 1-for-2, bumping his average to .317 (77-for-243) at Fenway this season.

* The Red Sox grounded into four double plays, tying their season high on 6/12 against Minnesota.

* Matt Barnes’ ERA jumped from 3.68 before Sunday’s game to 4.45 after giving up 5 runs without recording an out.

 

STARS

1) Raul Mondesi

Mondesi’s bases-clearing triple in the sixth opened the floodgates and gave Kansas City the lead they would continue to build off.

2) Matt Strahm

 Strahm relieved Yordano Ventura after his short 4 and 1/3-inning outing. He held the Red Sox scoreless through 2.2 innings to earn his second win of the season.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez launched his sixth home run in his last eight games against Boston. He became the Royal to homer in three-straight games at Fenway since Billy Butler did in 2011.

First impressions: Red Sox implode in 6th inning, lose to Royals, 10-4

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First impressions: Red Sox implode in 6th inning, lose to Royals, 10-4

BOSTON -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 10-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals:

 

Boston’s bullpen continues to be a roll of the dice every night.

This time Matt Barnes was the latest reliever to suffer from the plague that’s filled this bullpen all season.

Part of it was bad luck on two perfectly placed balls, the other part was Raul Mondesi lacing a triple, and Lorenzo Cain smacking a single.

Robbie Ross was better, but not by much.

No lead seems safe in the hands of any Boston reliever.

 

David Ortiz keeps putting himself in the same breath as legendary Hall of Famers.

This time it was former Red Sox great Jimmie Foxx, who Ortiz is now tied with at 534 home runs, 18th all time.

Early in the season he’d match a legendary player every so often, it was impressive. Now it’s almost to be expected every night he plays.

Next on the all-time home run list is Yankee Legend Mickey Mantle with 536.

 

The bottom of the order continues to play an important role in Boston’s run production.

Chris Young got things started in the fifth, then Sandy Leon and Jackie Bradley Jr. kept it rolling so both Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts could cash in all three runners.

Moving JBJ back to ninth Saturday proved to be a good move, and moving Leon back down with his recent scuffles seems to be the best move, too.

Not only can they knock each other in any given instance, but they also put Dustin Pedroia (or Holt) and Bogaerts in run-producing situations, as opposed to just setting the table.

 

Chris Young’s hamstring shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

He was able to leg out the soft grounder to third base in the first inning.

Young has lost a step or two with age, but it seemed like he opened it up on the play.

Hopefully that’s a sign of the end of the injuries in left field this season.

 

Junichi Tazawa looked strong.

That’s more so an observation of his fastball reaching 94 mph.

Tazawa has a long way to go before he’s back to where he was, but the righty took a step in the right direction Sunday night. He retired Kansas City’s 2-3-4 hitters in his first inning and working past a leadoff single in his second inning of work.