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Red Sox 2018 MLB Draft Preview

Boston looks to restock  the farm system in the  2018 MLB Draft

Featured image courtesy of Zimbio.com(, 2015 – Source: Rich Gagnon/Getty Images North America)
(Sept. 4, 2015 – Source: Rich Gagnon/Getty Images North America)

As we get set for the 2018 MLB Draft later tonight, organizations will get their chance to build the future of their ball club; in hopes of landing the next Chris Sale or Mike Trout. The Boston Red Sox will aim to replenish their farm system after wheeling and dealing their prospects in order to build a contender.  Sox nation cannot complain about the trades Boston has made.  The Red Sox acquired  Sale via trade from the White Sox in exchange for prospects in 2016. Boston traded prospects  Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe,  and Victor Diaz in exchange for Sale.  Boston’s scarce farm system was ranked 24th in the league by senior baseball writer Keith Law in January. The Red Sox also have the 26th pick in the draft this year, so let’s see what options they have.

According to multiple sources, the Red Sox could be targeting first basemen/outfielder, Seth Beer, shortstop, Brice Turang, outfielder, Steele Walker, and third basemen, Jordan Groshans.

Seth Beer

Beer is a left-handed hitter who plays outfield, third base, and first base. Seth,21, is listed at 6’3″ and weighs 195 lbs. He could have gone into the draft out of high school in 2015 but honored his commitment to LSU. Beer played three years for LSU.  In his freshmen year of college, he put up great numbers. He slashed a .369/.535.700 batting line with 18 home runs,70  RBIs, and a 1.235 OPS. Beer won the Dick Howser player of the year award in his freshmen year. His sophomore year in college was productive. Beer hit .298/.478/.606 batting line with 1.084 OPS. Seth hit 16 HR and 53 RBI that year.  This year  Seth saw time at first base. He slugged a .301/.456/.642 batting line with a 1.098 OPS.  Beer played for Team USA  in 2016 and 2017. He hit .178/.315/.267 in 2016 and .232/.362/.304 in 2017. Despite his performance in two summers with Team USA, Beer has raw power. One knock on Beer is his defense in the outfield, which could be a reason why he would be better off in a corner infield spot, either first or third.

Brice Turang 

Turang,18, is a shortstop out of Santiago High School in Corona, California. The 18-year-old infielder is a speedster on the base paths and is just as good of a fielder. He produces good contact in the batter’s box.  Turang will need to develop some power at the plate. In his time with the 18U National Team, Turang slashed a.353/ .389/.500. He put together 12 hits with 2 RBIs and 7 runs scored.

Steele Walker

Walker is an outfielder who comes out of Oklahoma college.  He can make an impact on both sides of the field. In the batter’s box, he can hit for contact and power. In three years at Oklahoma, he averaged a .740/.912/1.157 batting line with 15 home runs and 100 RBIs. He has decent plate discipline with 54 walks through three years. He’s a great fielder, but his arm is the weakest part of his game.

Jordan Groshans 

Finally, we have Jordan Groshans.  The third basemen out of Magnolia, Texas is an all-around great player.  The MLB Pipeline ranks Groshans as a 50 overall. He produces great contact on the play as well as providing power in his bat.  Groshans has great speed on the base paths and is a great fielder. The best part of his game is his arm.  He has a career .333/.429/.833 with a 1.262 OPS.

Tonight the Red Sox will work their way back to building their farm system and all of these big league hopefuls would be a great start to restocking their system.

 

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