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June 6, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Red Sox select Danny Mars with their sixth-round pick

The Red Sox have selected center fielder Danny Mars out of Chipola College (FL) with their sixth-round pick. Mars, who is ranked 338th by Baseball America (BA) and 200th by Perfect Game USA, has had a strong season for the Indians, slashing .380/.460/.584, with four home runs and 25 steals. His best tool is his speed, with BA listing him as a plus runner, though a below-average arm hurts his defensive value in center field.

At the plate, Mars has a line-drive stroke that has resulted in a lot of hard contact this spring. Baseball Prospectus states that his approach at the plate can still use some work, but he did walk more than he struck out this year (29 walks to 20 strikeouts), so it does not seem that his approach will require a complete overhaul. Mars missed most of last season with an ankle injury, but his performance this year proves that he is completely healthy.

BA states that his power is below average, but he is capable of putting the ball in the gaps and using his plus speed to take extra bases. The 6-foot, 190 pound switch-hitter is committed to play for Florida State next spring.

Photo Credit: Danny Mars by Chipola College (FL)