The Boston Red Sox were in unfamiliar territory drafting seventh overall in this year’s MLB Draft. For the last decade and a half, the Red Sox have been a playoff team, or at least in the playoff picture. However, the 2012 season was a complete disaster. As a result, they ended up with the seventh pick in the draft. They made the most of it by drafting Trey Ball, a LHP/OF from New Castle High School in Indiana.
Ball is perhaps the best two-way player in the draft this year. On the mound, the 6-foot-6 left-hander has a fastball that clocks between 91-94 mph and a devastating change-up to go with it. His curveball is still a work in progress, but he had a much better feel for it during his senior year. With time in the minors, he has all the measurables to end up being a tremendous arm in the majors.
If he ends up playing in the outfield, the Red Sox have a lot of tools to work with. He’s a good athlete with a rocket arm (that would stand to reason), and above average speed. He possesses outstanding bat speed and can drive the ball to all fields. As a senior, he hit 10 home runs and showed improved mechanics at the plate.
It remains to be seen how the Red Sox plan on using him, but I would guess he ends up pitching. There are not too many 6-foot-6 left-handed pitchers with a live arm, so they’ll probably choose that path for the 18 year old.
No team likes to draft in the top 10 because it’s an indication that you struggled the previous season. However, if you have to pick in the top 10, it’s important to get a player who can become a future star in the majors and Ball could be just that for Boston.