06/09/10 12:51 AM ET
Boston eyes pitching on Day 2 of Draft
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
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Of the 29 players selected by Boston, 18 were pitchers. Overall, the Red Sox have selected 19 pitchers, five infielders, six outfielders and two catchers on the first two days of the First-Year Player Draft. Of the 32 players drafted, 14 are from high school and 18 are from the college ranks.
Brandon Workman, a right-handed pitcher out of the University of Texas, was Boston's first selection Tuesday. The club then selected four consecutive high school players.
"As a manager, college pitching is probably the best thing. If [general manager] Theo [Epstein] asked me, I'd tell him take 27 college pitchers," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "It's just that they're closer. I know there's a lot to look at, because of potentially how beat up some guys can get. If they get into the [NCAA] Regionals, they can pitch every other day, so I know there's a lot to think about."
With their first two picks in the Draft, the Sox got second baseman Kolbrin Vitek (No. 20) and outfielder Bryce Brentz (No. 36). They selected right-hander Anthony Ranaudo with the 39th overall pick to conclude selections on the first day Monday.
Francona is content to watch from the sidelines. He knows how busy the front office is this time of the year.
"I talked to some of the guys, but I don't bug Theo during the Draft, that's just too busy a time for them," Francona said. "I've gotten a small chance to see how much time they spend, and I try to stay away. I know they really care about doing it right. And the process, as they call it, is pretty extensive."
Round 2, Brandon Workman, RHP, Texas: A third-round pick of the Phillies in 2007, Workman boasts a solid repertoire, good command and a bulldog mentality.
Round 3, Sean Coyle, shortstop, Germantown Academy: He was a member of USA Baseball's 18-and-under team that won a gold medal at the Pan American Games in Venezuela last fall.
Round 4, Garin Cecchini, shortstop, Barbe High School (La.): He's committed to LSU but did not play in 2010 because of an injury.
Round 5, Henry Ramos, right field, Alfonso Casta Martinez High School: A switch-hitter from Puerto Rico, Ramos is considered talented but raw.
Round 6, Kendrick Perkins, center field, La Porte High School (Texas): A two-sport star, he has good speed and power potential. He is a raw talent.
Round 7, Chris Hernandez, left-handed pitcher, Miami: As a sophomore in 2009, Hernandez was named All-ACC Second-Team. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 14th round in '07 but did not sign.
Round 8, Mathew Price, right-handed pitcher, Virginia Tech: He was the 34th-round selection of the Braves in 2008.
Round 9, Tyler Barnette, right-handed pitcher, Hickory High School (N.C.): Good control but needs to work on secondary pitches.
Round 10, Jacob Dahlstand, right-handed pitcher, Memorial High School (Texas): A sinkerball pitcher who stands at 6-foot-5. He has control issues at times.
Round 11, Lucas LeBlanc, outfield, Delgado College: A member of the New Orleans Boosters All-American Amateur Baseball Association National Championship team, he has committed to LSU.
Round 12, Garrett Rau, right-handed pitcher, California Baptist: He struck out 52 batters in 79 2/3 innings and set school records for career hits (138), runs scored (109) and triples (10).
Round 13, Keith Couch, right-handed pitcher, Adelphi University: He went 5-2 with a 2.24 ERA in 2010. He had two saves.
Round 14, Michael Hollenbeck, catcher, Joliet Township High School (Ill.): He has signed with Illinois State.
Round 15, Stephen Wilkerson, shortstop, Pope High School (Ga.): He has signed with Clemson.
Round 16, Adam Duke, right-handed pitcher, Spanish Fork High School (Utah): He throws in the 90s and has signed to play at Oregon State.
Round 17, Jason Garcia, right-handed pitcher, Land O'Lakes High School (Fla.): Garcia went 8-3 with a 2.01 ERA and recorded 72 strikeouts in 58 innings pitched at Land O' Lakes High School in his final season.
Round 18, Dallas Chadwick, right-handed pitcher, Shasta High School (Calif.): A three-year starter, he signed to play with Sacramento State.
Round 19, Eric Jaffe, right-handed pitcher, Bishop O'Dowd High School (Calif.): Last year, he hit .471 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs while going 3-0 on the mound. He has signed with Cal.
Round 20, Roderick Shoulders, catcher/first base, Brandon High School (Fla.): A switch-hitting power hitter, Shoulders has good arm strength.
Round 21, Mason Justice, right-handed pitcher, Holland Hall High School (Okla.): He throws a fastball between 88-92 mph, a changeup and a curve.
Round 22, Trace Tam Sing, 2B, Newport High School (Wash.): He hit .435 with two home runs and seven stolen bases. He's committed to Washington State.
Round 23, Austin Wright, left-handed pitcher, Chipola Junior College: Wright went 7-3 with a 3.36 ERA. He struck out 96 batters and walked 45 in 80 1/3 innings. He's committed to Ole Miss.
Round 24, Sean Yost, right-handed pitcher, Nebraska: He's 4-6 with a 6.09 ERA in his first two seasons for the Huskers.
Round 25, Tyler Lockwood, right-handed pitcher, Texas Christian University: He has been used as a starter, long reliever and closer during his four seasons at TCU.
Round 26, Dillon Overton, left-handed pitcher, Weatherford High School (Okla.): He went 15-2 with a 0.51 ERA. He's committed to University of Oklahoma.
Round 27, Jay Gonzalez, outfielder, Freedom High School (Fla.): He has good speed and a strong arm. He's committed to Auburn.
Round 28, Michael Wagner, right-handed pitcher, Centennial High School (Nev.): He's committed to play for University of San Diego.
Round 29, Paul Davis, right-handed pitcher, Pensacola Junior College: He went 10-3 with a 3.34 ERA in 17 games this spring.
Round 30, Desean Anderson, center field, Ragsdale High School (NC): He's committed to South Carolina
Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.