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June 9, 2015 at 5:30 PM

Red Sox select Tucker Tubbs with their ninth-round pick

With their ninth-round pick, the 261st-overall pick in the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Red Sox have selected Tucker Tubbs, a first baseman from the University of Memphis (TN).

While Andrew Benintendi leads Division 1 with 19 home runs this season, Tubbs finished only two off his pace, slugging 17 home runs while hitting .305/.393/.601 as a senior for the Tigers. While the right-handed hitter was not ranked in the top 500 by Baseball America or Perfect Game, Jim Callis mentioned on MLB.com that Tubbs has good power, some feel for hitting, and is athletic for a first baseman. The athleticism showed up in his stolen base numbers, as he swiped seven bags in eight attempts despite being 6-foot-4 and weighing 205 pounds.

Tubbs was a Third Team All-America selection as well as a First Team Academic All-American. While his senior year production was tremendous, he struggled in his junior season, batting only .244 with a .726 OPS.  He appeared in 32 games for the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Cod League in 2013, but hit only .194. While the overall stats that summer were disappointing, Tubbs did hit two home runs over the Green Monster in a work out at Fenway Park that summer. That number was only bested by five players, one of whom was Jordan Betts, who was drafted by the Red Sox in the 18th round last year.

Scouting info was compiled from MLB.com.

Photo Credit: Tucker Tubbs by gotigersgo.com