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June 8, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Red Sox draft picks, rounds 31-40


In the final 10 rounds, the Red Sox continued this year's trend of drafting high school players. They rounded up this year's draft with three high school selections, with two of those committed to Division 1 schools, upping their high-school draftee total to 18 for this year's draft. Ben Cherington and company drafted only 11 high schoolers last year.

31st round (923) - Ryan Rippee, 1B, Jefferson College (MO): Red Sox announced Rippee as a first basman, but the 6-foot-5 junior college freshmen served as an outfielder for Jefferson, batting .336/.415/.533 in 47 games. Starred in basketball at Kickapoo High School (MO), averaging 25 points and 10 rebounds per game.

32nd round (953) - Matt Thaiss, C, Jackson Memorial HS (NJ): MLB.com calls Thaiss an elite defensive catcher, earning high marks for his all-around game. He's a good receiver with a solid arm and gets the ball to second quickly. At the plate, the Virginia commit has a quick, level swing and uses the entire field. Projects for average power once he adds strength to his 5-foot-10, 197-pound frame. Has an advanced understanding for the game and plays aggressively.

33rd round (983) - Andrew Rosa, SS, Owasso HS (OK): A 2013 Rawlings West All-Region 1st team selection, Rosa is a Oklahoma State commit who showed good defense and offense at the Perfect Game (PG) National Game, according to PG. Right-handed batter who's 6-foot-2, 185 pounds.

34th round (1013) - Danny Bethea, C, St. Johns Universtiy (NY):  6-foot-1, 200-pound college senior, batted .276/.353/.497 in 56 games with the Red Storm. Lists Joe Mauer as his favorite athlete, according to his bio on Redstomsports.com

35th round (1043) - Rafael Oliveras, 3B, Loaiza Cordero Del Rosario (PR): 5-foot-10, 180-pound 18-year-old. MLB.com has video of the Puerto Rico product.

36th round (1073) - Pat Goetze, RHP, Wake Country Home School (NC): Goetze had Tommy John surgery his junior year, according to Newsobserver.com, making him the second Red Sox draftee who's had Tommy John (Jordan Sheffield, 13th round). He made his first appearance since the procedure in March.

37th round (1103) - Max Watt, RHP, Hillsborough Community College (FL): A reliever, Watt had a 5.67 ERA with 30 strikeouts and 15 walks in 39 2/3 innings with Hillsborough.

38th round (1133) - Trever Morrison, SS, Archbishop Murphy HS (WA): Committed to Oregon State, Morrison was a 2013 Rawlings West All-Region 1st Team selection, according to PG. MLB.com says he's an athletic, toolsy shortstop who can become a good defender once developed. He has a solid arm with clean actions in the field and is expected to stick at short long-term. Quick, line-drive stroke at that plate with the ability to hit to all parts of the field. May develop power, but is better suited for the top of the order.

39th round (1163) - K.J. Trader, RHP, Delmar HS (DE): A Chipola Junior College commit according to Canesbaseball.net, Trader has a fastball that can touch 94 mph to go along with an excellent breaking ball, per Dynamicbaseball.org. Has electric stuff and is an outstanding kid.

40th round (1193) - Ryan Lidge, C, Barrington HS (IL): A 2013 Rawlings Cental All-Region 2nd team selection, Lidge is committed to Norte Dame, per PG. Has a pop time of 1.89-1.97, according to Prep Baseball Report.

Kevin Pereira is a Staff Writer for SoxProspects. Follow him on Twitter @kevinrpereira.

 
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