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June 7, 2013 at 9:41 PM

ESPNBoston: Draft Analysis: Day 2 Picks

On Day 2 of the 2013 MLB draft, the Red Sox dropped the other shoe on the strategy their second-round selection had hinted at the night before.

The club’s selection of right-hander Teddy Stankiewicz on Thursday night was a slight disappointment to some prospect watchers. Although a consensus top 100 prospect, Stankiewicz was a slight overdraft at No. 45 overall. We at SoxProspects speculated that the Sox might try to sign him for less than the $1,229,600 slot value for that pick in hopes of spending the money saved on a high-ceiling, signability pick elsewhere.

On Friday, it did not take long for the club to make such speculation seem well-founded. With the eighth pick of the third round, No. 81 overall, the Red Sox selected catcher Jonathan Denney out of Yukon High School in Yukon, Okla. Denney, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound right-handed hitter, was projected as a mid-to-late first-round talent, ranked 25th in the draft class by Baseball America and 23rd by Perfect Game.