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June 13, 2017 at 1:44 PM

Red Sox select Brett Netzer with their third-round pick

With their third-round pick (101st overall) the Red Sox selected Brett Netzer, a second baseman out of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The junior was ranked as the 237th best prospect in the draft by Baseball America, while MLBPipeline.com had him ranked at 197.

Netzer is known for his offense, with a quick bat from the left side of the plate that has consistently hit for average during his three years in college. After batting .318 as a freshman, Netzer hit .384 in 2016, though he regressed slightly this season, finishing the year at .342. Over the last two seasons, he has combined to walk 54 times while striking out in only 47 of his 445 at-bats. Both Baseball America and MLBPipeline.com view him as an average defender with a subpar arm and average speed, so most of his value will be tied to his hit tool.

Standing at 6 feet, 190 pounds, Netzer put up decent power numbers in college, hitting 24 and 25 extra-base hits in 2016 and 2017, respectively. He also added eight extra-base hits in 99 at-bats in the Cape Cod League, where he hit .283/.360/.424 in 26 games with Hyannis. 

Scouting info was compiled from industry publications including Baseball America and MLB.com.

Photo Credit: Brett Netzer by charlotte49ers.com