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June 24, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Red Sox ink three more draft picks

The Red Sox have announced the signing of three more 2011 draftees, right-handers Matty Ott, Braden Kapteyn and Joe Holtmeyer

Ott, 21, was drafted in the 13th round of the 2011 draft. He burst onto the college scene in 2009, serving as LSU's closer. Ott set a school record with 16 saves as a freshman but couldn't duplicate his success as a sophomore, posting a 6.38 ERA. After his disappointing performance in 2010, he was outstanding as a member of the Harwich Mariners in the Cape League, posting a 0.44 ERA and striking out 20 in 20.1 innings pitched. The successful rebound on the Cape led to a stellar junior season at LSU in 2011 as he compilied a 2.60 ERA with 6 saves and 27 strikeouts. Boston plans to keep Ott in a relief role as he transitions into the professional ranks.

Kapteyn, 21, was the Red Sox 15th round selection in this year's draft. He excelled at Kentucky as both a first baseman and a pitcher, with the mound set to be his destination as a professional. A teammate of Ott's with the Harwich Mariners last summer, Kapteyn cemented his future as a pitcher with a 0.64 ERA with 29 strikeouts and just 7 hits allowed in 29.1 innings pitched. In 2011, he appeared in 14 games on the mound, posting a 9.00 ERA with 2 saves and 27 strikeouts in 17.0 innings pitched. At the plate, Kapteyn hit .300 with a 6 home runs and a team leading 42 RBI.

Holtmeyer, 21, was selected with the Red Sox 22nd round pick in the draft. Playing for Division II University of Nebraska-Omaha, Holtmeyer put himself on the map with an impressive 2010 season, posting a 2.89 ERA with a Division II leading 152 strikeouts in 87.1 innings pitched. Playing alongside Ott and Kapteyn for Harwich last summer, Holtmeyer posted a 3.18 ERA in 39.2 innings pitched. In 2011, Holtmeyer was 8-2 with a 4.56 ERA in 12 starts, striking out 96 in 71.0 innings pitched.

All three hurlers are expected to report to Lowell and make their professional debuts as members of the Spinners.

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