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June 13, 2017 at 5:27 PM

Red Sox select Zach Sterry with their eighth-round pick


With their eighth-round pick (251st overall) in the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Red Sox selected Zach Sterry, a first baseman from Oakland University. Sterry, a 5-foot-11, 225-pound left-handed slugger was not ranked by MLB.com, Perfect Game or Baseball America, although the latter publication listed him as the 10th-best prospect in Michigan.

Sterry posted an impressive .346/.441/.643 slash line with 13 home runs and 44 RBI, leading the Horizon League in slugging percentage. He ranked 34th in the NCAA in that category. He was an on-base machine for a good portion of the season, reaching safely in 38 straight games from Feb. 24 to May 7, according to GoldenGrizzlies.com.


According to Perfect Game, Sterry has a slightly open stance with an aggressive swing and features raw power that could develop. 

Sterry's season ended abruptly on May 17 when he was hit by a pitch that broke his hand. As a result, the Red Sox may bring the 23-year-old along slowly. As a college senior, Sterry is likely to receive a below-slot signing bonus, allowing the organization to reallocate some of the slot value for his pick to earlier selections.


Scouting info was compiled from industry publications including Baseball America, Perfect Game USA, and GoldenGrizzlies.com


Photo Credit: GoldenGrizzlies.com


 
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