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June 6, 2014 at 10:25 PM

ESPNBoston: Draft Day 2 Recap


Day 2 saw the Red Sox pick up several interesting prospects, including raw flamethrower Jake Cosart. Cosart can hit the upper 90s, but he's still very raw. With his rawness comes great potential, though. Read more about Cosart and the seven other picks in the scouting reports below.

In terms of overall strategy, this being the third year under the current draft rules, Friday saw the Red Sox appear to move away somewhat from their draft strategy of the past two years. In 2012 and 2013, the club selected college seniors in the later rounds (7-10 or so), players who would sign for well under the slot values for those rounds, allowing the club to repurpose the saved cap space to sign players selected in earlier (and later) rounds to over-slot bonuses.

The Red Sox drafted just two college seniors on Day 2 of the draft this year, and one of them, seventh-rounder Reed Reilly, has college eligibility remaining, giving him more leverage than the typical senior. Last year, the money saved on drafting and signing three below-slot seniors went mostly toward signing catcher Jon Denney (third round) and first baseman/outfielder Nick Longhi (30th round). After the signing deadline, the Sox were left with extra money they could have spent, perhaps because many of the club's other potential above-slot signings, such as outfielder Ryan Boldt and pitcher Jordan Sheffield, were serious about going to college and the money offered was still insufficient to change their minds.


 
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