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June 10, 2016 at 4:34 PM

Red Sox select Ryan Scott with their seventh-round pick

With their seventh-round pick (208th overall) in the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Red Sox selected Ryan Scott, an outfielder from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Scott was not ranked in the top 500 by Baseball America or Perfect Game USA, and the senior figures to sign a below-slot deal.

Scott's .435 batting average currently leads Division I, with his season line sitting at an absurd .435/.516/.713 over 216 at-bats. That performance made him a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American, and the 6-foot-2 right-handed hitter was also named the Sun Belt Conference's Student-Athlete of the Year. Of his 94 hits this year, he tallied 20 doubles, 2 triples, and 12 home runs. His 66 career doubles are the most in program history. Despite living on the basepaths, Scott only stole seven bases in 12 attempts this year, so it does not appear that speed is a big part of his game.

This is the second year in a row that the Red Sox have taken a senior in the seventh round. They took Ben Taylor there last year and signed him for $10,000. The slot value for the 208th overall pick is $210,700, and the Red Sox figure to take some of their savings from Scott and use it to help sign first-round pick Jason Groome. 

Photo Credit: Ryan Scott by lrtrojans.com