Sox take three locals on day three of the draft


Sox take three locals on day three of the draft

By MaureenMullen

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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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.


NLCS: Cubs eliminate Dodgers, reach Series for first time since 1945


NLCS: Cubs eliminate Dodgers, reach Series for first time since 1945

CHICAGO -- Cursed by a Billy Goat, bedeviled by Bartman and crushed by decades of disappointment, the Chicago Cubs are at long last headed back to the World Series.

Kyle Hendricks outpitched Clayton KershawAnthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras homered early and the Cubs won their first pennant since 1945, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Saturday night in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series.

The drought ended when closer Aroldis Chapman got Yasiel Puig to ground into a double play, setting off a wild celebration inside Wrigley Field, outside the ballpark and all over the city.

Seeking their first crown since 1908, manager Joe Maddon's team opens the World Series at Cleveland on Tuesday night. The Indians haven't won it all since 1948 - Cleveland and Cubs have the two longest title waits in the majors.

"This city deserves it so much," Rizzo said. "We got four more big ones to go, but we're going to enjoy this. We're going to the World Series. I can't even believe that."

All-everything Javier Baez and pitcher Jon Lester shared the NLCS MVP. Baez hit .318, drove in five runs and made several sharp plays at second base. Lester, a former World Series champion in Boston, was 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts against the Dodgers.

Deemed World Series favorites since opening day, the Cubs topped the majors with 103 wins to win the NL Central, then beat the Giants and Dodgers in the playoffs.

The Cubs overcame a 2-1 deficit against the Dodgers and won their 17th pennant. They had not earned a World Series trip since winning a doubleheader opener 4-3 at Pittsburgh on Sept. 29, 1945, to clinch the pennant on the next-to-last day of the season.

The eternal "wait till next year" is over. No more dwelling on a history of failure - the future is now.

"We're too young. We don't care about it," star slugger Kris Bryant said. "We don't look into it. This is a new team, this is a completely different time of our lives. We're enjoying it and our work's just getting started."

Hendricks pitched two-hit ball for 7 1/3 innings. Chapman took over and closed with hitless relief, then threw both arms in the air as he was mobbed by teammates and coaches.

The crowd joined in, chanting and serenading their team.

"Chicago!" shouted popular backup catcher David Ross.

The Cubs shook off back-to-back shutout losses earlier in this series by pounding the Dodgers for 23 runs to win the final three games.

And they were in no way overwhelmed by the moment on Saturday, putting aside previous frustration.

In 1945, the Billy Goat Curse supposedly began when a tavern owner wasn't allowed to bring his goat to Wrigley. In 2003, the Cubs lost the final three games of the NLCS to Florida, punctuated with a Game 6 defeat when fan Steve Bartman deflected a foul ball.

Even as recently as 2012, the Cubs lost 101 times.

This time, no such ill luck.

Bryant had an RBI single and scored in a two-run first. Dexter Fowler added two hits, drove in a run and scored one.

Contreras led off the fourth with a homer. Rizzo continued his resurgence with a solo drive in the fifth.

That was plenty for Hendricks, the major league ERA leader.

Hendricks left to a standing ovation after Josh Reddick singled with one out in the eighth. The only other hit Hendricks allowed was a single by Andrew Toles on the game's first pitch.

Kershaw, dominant in Game 2 shutout, gave up five runs and seven hits before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth. He fell to 4-7 in the postseason.

The Dodgers haven't been to the World Series since winning in 1988.

Pitching on five days' rest, the three-time NL Cy Young Award winner threw 30 pitches in the first. Fowler led off with a double, and Bryant's single had the crowd shaking the 102-year-old ballpark.

They had more to cheer when left fielder Andrew Toles dropped Rizzo's fly, putting runners on second and third, and Ben Zobrist made it 2-0 a sacrifice fly.

The Cubs added a run in the second when Addison Russell doubled to deep left and scored on a two-out single by Fowler.


Maddon benched slumping right fielder Jason Heyward in favor of Albert Almora Jr.

"Kershaw's pitching, so I wanted to get one more right-handed bat in the lineup, and also with Albert I don't feel like we're losing anything on defense," Maddon said. "I know Jason's a Gold Glover, but I think Albert, given an opportunity to play often enough would be considered a Gold Glove-caliber outfielder, too."

Heyward was 2 for 28 in the playoffs - 1 for 16 in the NLCS.


Kerry Wood, wearing a Ron Santo jersey, threw out the first pitch and actor Jim Belushi delivered the "Play Ball!" call before the game. Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder and actor John Cusack were also in attendance. And Bulls great Scottie Pippen led the seventh-inning stretch.