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June 13, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Weekly Notes: Red Sox select Groome, promising crop in 2016 Draft

Here are this week’s minor league notes:
  • Thursday marked the beginning of one of the most anticipated holidays for prospect-watchers: the MLB First-Year Player Draft. The Red Sox made 40 selections, and SoxProspects.com recapped the whole thing.
  • In the first round, the Red Sox picked left-handed pitcher Jason Groome (pictured) with the 12th overall selection. SoxProspects.com broke down the selection of the lefty, who was thought by many — including MLB.com and Perfect Game — to be the top prospect in the field and a candidate for first overall selection before he dropped to the Red Sox.
  • In SoxProspects.com podcast Episode 98.5, our gurus discussed the selections of Groome and Chatham, including the signability and makeup concerns that come with the Red Sox' first-round pick.
  • On the third day of the draft, the Red Sox selected 14 pitchers and 16 position players, with a majority of the 30 picks coming from the college ranks. SoxProspects.com rounded out the draft with a recap of the third day.
  • Though Jason Groome may have been the most talented prospect in the draft, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe discusses some of the questions that caused other teams to pass on the high school lefty and why the Red Sox did not.  
  • The Red Sox spent their 20th round pick on a familiar name, Nick Lovullo, son of bench coach Torey Lovullo and 2015 draftee. Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald recounts the special day for father and son.
  • Reliever Brandon Workman could start to make rehab outings soon after he is reevaluated at the end of June, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.
Players of the Week 6/6-6/12

7 G, 21 AB, 4R, 10 H, 5 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K, .475/.542/.857

After his 2015  season spanned three levels, Tavarez (pictured) has settled into Portland this year. Since a horrid start to the year, Tavarez has consistently improved throughout the season. His OPS jumped from .553 in April to .728 in May and now sits at 1.172 through nine games in June. His recent success included his first home run Sunday, during a game in which he reached base in all four plate appearances.

2 G, 10.2 IP, 1-1, 0.84 ERA, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 10 K, 0.75 WHIP

Haley pitched six shutout innings June 6 and followed it up with 4 2/3 innings of one-run ball. Haley has been impressive in his second season at Double-A, sporting a 2.20 ERA and 1.11 WHIP. He had performed well at every level of the minor leagues prior to a down year with the Sea Dogs in 2015 but seems to be righting the ship this season.  

Photo Credits: Jason Groome by Lenny Ignelzi of the Associated Press and Aneury Tavarez by Kelly O'Connor