RED SOX SELECT 27 PLAYERS ON SECOND DAY OF
THE 2009 FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT
BOSTON, MA – The Boston Red Sox today continued their participation in Major League Baseball’s 2009 First-Year Player Draft with 27 additional selections in rounds 4-30. Red Sox Director of Amateur Scouting Jason McLeod made the announcement.
Over the first two days of the draft, Boston has selected 16 pitchers (13 right-handers, 3 left-handers), seven infielders, six outfielders and one catcher. Of the 30 players drafted, 15 are from high school and 15 from college.
Today’s picks included right-handed pitcher Luke Bard, the brother of Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard. Selected in the 16th round out of Charlotte Christian High School (NC), Bard was recently named the Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) Baseball Player of the Year.
The Red Sox also selected three players with ties to New England. In the 20th round, the club picked Duke University right-handed pitcher Alex Hassan, a native of Milton, MA and former four-year letter winner at Boston College High School. Hassan was named to the All-Ping!Baseball Team in 2009 as a utility player, earning eight saves as the Blue Devils closer and batting .342 (75-for-219) as an outfielder. The junior finished with a 2-2 record and 4.10 ERA (12 ER/26.1 IP) on the mound while recording 17 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 30 RBI and a team-high 56 runs at the plate.
Boston selected shortstop Dan Kemp out of Tantasqua Regional High School in Fiskdale, MA with its 24th-round pick. Kemp hit .472 with six home runs, 24 RBI, 24 run scored and 14 stolen bases this year.
With their final pick of the day, the Red Sox took senior right-hander Jeremiah Bayer from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Bayer, a native of Greenfield, MA, earned 2009 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division III Pitcher of the Year and the D3Baseball.com National Pitcher of the Year honors after going 12-1 with a 0.85 ERA (9 ER/95.1 IP), 94 strikeouts and 24 walks over 14 outings (11 starts) this season.
Be sure to keep up with the rest of our picks through the MLB Draft Tracker: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/draft/y2009/draftcaster.jsp
All the best from a Front Office hoping for a sweep tonight!
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