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June 7, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Red Sox select Markus "Mookie" Betts in the 5th round

With the 172nd overall pick in the draft, the Red Sox have selected infielder Marcus "Mookie" Betts.

Betts, 18, is a multi-sport athlete, playing for John Overton High School's baseball, football and basketball squads. He is currently committed to Tennessee, after turning down Vanderbilt during the recruiting season. Also a champion bowler, Betts hit .549 with 6 home runs, 37 RBI and 24 stolen bases in his junior season in 2010. Standing at 5-foot-9 and weighing 160 pounds, Betts is a small, speedy middle infielder who has plus bat speed and top athleticism. He may eventually profile better as a second baseman after playing shortstop during high school.

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