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: Buchholz's first inning 'part of the game'

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Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz's first inning 'part of the game'

Quotes, notes and stars from the Boston Red Sox’ 6-2 loss to the Texas Rangers:

 

QUOTES

 

“In the first inning there really weren’t a whole lot of balls that were really hit hard. They were just hit where we weren’t . . . Regardless of it being a mistake, its balls that just seemed to find some holes. They put some good at-bats together, and, yeah, that’s part of the game.”Clay Buchholz on what happened in his 3-run first inning.

“Yeah, he’s tired. He needs a day. There’s no other way to put it.”John Farrell on Xander Bogaerts’ struggling in the series.

“We get a little momentum after the [Bryce] Brentz homerun and then unfortunately give it right back.”Farrell said about Boston losing momentum in the sixth inning with Prince Fielder’s two-run homerun off of Buchholz.

“It’s a matter of settling in and commanding the baseball to quality locations.”Farrell said on Buchholz have immense trouble in the first inning through his last two starts.

“Based on this series it’s a struggle. We get 12+ innings out of a rotation . . . we’re finding ourselves in some holes. That’s not the script you’re trying to draw up.”Farrell on the state of the Red Sox rotation following the series in Texas.

“It’s always special. One thing you’ll never forget.” - Bryce Brentz on his first Major League homerun.

 

NOTES

* Xander Bogaerts finished the series 1-12, and has seen his average drop to .344, falling behind Houston’s José Altuve.

* The Red Sox are now four games behind the Orioles in second place and only lead the Blue Jays by one game. That’s the farthest back the Red Sox have been since the seventh game of the season.

* Clay Buchholz’s less than spectacular outing was his longest since May 26th – his last start before being pulled from the starting rotation. 

* Prince Fielder hit two homeruns off Boston pitching in the series for his sixth and seventh of the year. Those are his first home runs since 6/11. The series against the Red Sox was his first in which he launched more than one homerun in the series.

 

 

STARS

1) Martin Perez

Perez kept Boston off balance all day, scattering six hits and two walks in his six-inning start. The lefty only had two punch-outs, but he kept the ball on the ground -- which is what he does best.

2) Prince Fielder

With Texas talking about sitting him in the series Fielder launched his second homerun of the series in his 2-3 performance. The two-run long ball was the different in the game being a close contest down the stretch.

3) Adrian Beltre

The ex-Red Sox third baseman had another strong game, lacing two RBI singles in the game. His first RBI base hit came in Texas’ three-run onslaught in the first frame.

First impressions: Red Sox happy to get out of Texas

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First impressions: Red Sox happy to get out of Texas

First impressions of the Red Sox 6-2 loss to Texas

 

Clay Buchholz needs to figure out his first inning struggles.

He put together another decent outing -- but they’ve both been all for not thanks to terrible first innings.

Buchholz had the same issue prior to his sentence to the bullpen. But he needs to make an adjustment. David Price, Steven Wright and Rick Porcello have all had to deal with some level of adversity and handled it in some capacity -- so it’s time for Buchholz to do the same.

If he minimizes the damage to one run -- never mind a scoreless first frame -- Boston has a decent chance to win his starts once in a while.

No matter what, Buchholz needs to put out max effort in the first inning of his next start -- no excuses.

 

Don’t look now, but Buchholz was the best Boston starting pitcher of the Texas series.

That’s not saying much with the way Wright and Price’s nights wound up, but he was the best starter.

Obviously five runs (four earned) in 5.1 innings isn’t a good outing, but the bullpen at least had a chance to catch its breath -- compared to Friday and Saturday’s games.

Buchholz still has to do much better for Boston if he wants to remain the fifth starter.

 

Xander Bogaerts’ defense is slipping a bit.

The shortstop has had errors in consecutive games for the first time in 2016 -- both leading to Texas runs.

The 23-year-old shortstop has only sat out one game this year, so it’s fair to assume fatigue is setting in.

Even if that’s not the case, John Farrell should consider giving Bogaerts a day off soon to move past his fielding problems.

 

Buchholz took away the little momentum Boston found in the fourth.

Although Bogaerts didn’t help with the error, Buchholz almost instantly gave back the run Boston scored in the top of the sixth. Which is something Rick Porcello, Steven Wright and David Price have all dealt with -- and overcome.

Just another reason Dave Dombrowski needs to keep working for a fifth starter.

Because there’s no way coming out of any series Boston should have its best effort from a starting pitcher be a five-inning five-run (one unearned) outing.

Other starters have to pick up the slack when Wright has an occasional subpar outing. While Price has been on late and Porcello is reliable, Boston hasn’t had that from anyone else.

Sunday's Red Sox-Rangers lineups: Boston needs the good Buchholz to show up

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Sunday's Red Sox-Rangers lineups: Boston needs the good Buchholz to show up

Clay Buchholz hopes ot lead off the afternoon game better than his last start, where he game up a home run and double to leadoff the game against Chicago.

The righty has a career 4.10 ERA against Texas in 41.2 innings pitched against Texas with a 1-5 record.

Unfortunately for Boston, Buchholz is even worse at Globe Life Park. The righty is 0-3 with a 5.82 ERA in 21.2 at the Rangers home field.

The lineups:

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Bryce Brentz DH
Travis Shaw 3B
Sandy Leon C
Ryan LaMarre LF
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Clay Buchholz RHP

RANGERS
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Ian Desmond CF
Nomar Mazara LF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Prince Fielder DH
Roughned Odor 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Mitch Moreland 1B
Bryan Holaday C
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Martin Perez LHP