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June 9, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Sox Select Reymond Fuentes with the 28th Pick


The Boston Red Sox have selected outfielder Reymond Fuentes out of Fernando Callejo High School in Manati, Puerto Rico with the 28th pick of the 2009 First Year Player Draft. Fuentes, who checks in at 6'0 and 160 lbs, is a lefthanded hitting centerfielder with excellent athleticism. He hit .424 (14-for-33) with 3 doubles, 5 triples, 3 home runs, 14 RBI, 18 runs scored, 12 walks and 9 stolen bases in 13 games in 2009, posting a .620 on-base percentage while slugging 1.091. He also has game-breaking speed, having been clocked at 6.3 seconds in the 60-yard dash during pre-draft workouts. Fuentes' smooth, line-drive stroke produces excellent contact and gives him the ability to drive balls into the gap. He doesn't project to hit for much power down the line, but his elite speed sets him as a top-of-the-order tablesetter who will put pressure on defenses with his elite speed. In the outfield, he has the range to stick in centerfield and the ability to track down just about any ball, often making highlight-reel plays. Look for Fuentes to report to the Gulf Coast League after coming to terms with the Red Sox sometime during the summer.