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June 7, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Red Sox select Bryce Brentz with the 36th Pick

With the 36th pick of the draft, the Boston Red Sox selected Bryce Brentz, an outfielder from Middle Tennessee State. Brentz is a right-handed hitter known for his power potential and his aggressive mentality at the plate. Prior to the draft, he was projected to go as high as the top 10. Brentz put up a slash line of .348/.440/.636 this year for the Blue Raiders. He is highly regarded for his makeup and aptitude.

In high school, Brentz was a renowned pitcher with the ability to throw in the low-90's off the mound, and was drafted as such by the Indians in the 30th round. After deciding to attend Middle Tennessee State, he quickly developed into a prodigious power prospect after putting together one of the most dominant offensive seasons in recent memory. With a combination of his power and plus arm strength, he projects to play RF at the professional level.

Brentz started the year slowly due in large part to fractured ankle. Brentz' 2010 season was a step down from his momentous 2009, when he established himself as one of the best hitters in the country. Last year, he hit .465/.535/.930 with 28 home runs leading the country in both average and home runs. With this selection, the Red Sox are banking on a return to form. He will fit nicely into the low minors for the Sox, where the organization is light on power bats.

Brentz should sign quickly and will likely begin his Red Sox career in Lowell this summer.