The Boston Red Sox agreed to terms with 7th overall pick in this year’s MLB First Year Player Draft, Trey Ball. I am assuming he will be heading to the Lowell Spinners for short season ball, and I will be running to my computer to watch him on MLB.TV. Ball also played outfield in high school so he would be a legit prospect if he was drafted to play the outfield, but instead he was drafted to be a lefty pitcher.
As a pitcher, Ball is the definition of a projectable body. He is 6-6 175 pounds and young. He will add weight and likely improve his fastball from 93-95 to 95-97 to go along with a great change up and a curve he didn’t learn to throw until just last year. Although young and raw, he was the most intriguing upside prospect in the draft this year, and given how rare it is for the Sox to be picking so early, I consider Ball a fantastic pick.
Now it is just a matter of time for the Sox to complete the signings of their second and third round picks, Teddy Stankiewicz and Jon Denney, both of whom are first round talents. If the Sox can get them both signed and send them to Lowell along with Bell, I think the Spinners become the most interesting minor league team in the organization, if not all of the minors.
None of the top three picks will likely sniff the bigs until late 2015 at the earliest, but a solid draft during a rare year they have a top 10 pick can help ensure continued success for the foreseeable future.
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