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June 10, 2016 at 5:53 PM

Red Sox select Matt McLean with their ninth-round pick

With their ninth-round pick, the Red Sox have selected Matt McLean, an outfielder from the University of Texas at Arlington. McLean was not ranked by Baseball America, Perfect Game USA, or MLB.com.

McLean put up a .307/.411/.407 line at the plate his senior year for the Mavericks, patrolling center field. Little information has been reported on him from scouting sources, but Jim Callis of MLB.com mentioned on the draft broadcast that McLean has potentially plus speed on the base paths. His Mavericks profile page notes that he finished second on the team in batting average while going error-less in the outfield during his junior season.

The second senior drafted by the Red Sox, following seventh-rounder Ryan Scott, the team will likely look to sign McLean to a deal far below his slot value as they attempt to stockpile savings to sign first-round pick Jason Groome. The 268th pick overall, McLean's slot value is $168,400, a number he figures to sign for a fraction of if he comes to terms.

Photo Credit: University of Texas at Arlington Athletics