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   1. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: June 12, 2017 at 09:36 PM (#5474544)
Tanner Houck #24 - Baseball America quote "He then spins off toward first base in his finish. It's anything but direct to the plate, but that also helps make him deadly against righthanded hitters. They struggle to pick the ball up out of his hand and his 90-94 mph heater has outstanding sink. It's a plus pitch and some scouts give it a 70 grade thanks to its movement. His slider garners average grades, and he's started to develop his fringe-average changeup as he's thrown it a bit more."
   2. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: June 13, 2017 at 08:45 AM (#5474796)
Chris Hatfield at SoxProspects said Houck probably slots into the 5-8 range of their prospect rankings. That means; CJ Chatham, Travis Lakins, Michael Chavis, Bobby Dalbec. Somewhere in there.

Looks like they did well with the second pick. HS OF Cole Brannen was ranked #54 by BA and the Sox got him at 63. From BA;

Brannen can sometimes expand the strike zone and will need more reps against quality pitching to improve his pure hitting ability. While Brannen has shown some ability to loft the ball in batting practice, scouts don't envision him being a huge power producer with a wood bat. Instead, Brannen's game will be built on his quick hands, barrel awareness and speed. Brannen is a plus runner underway and his speed plays well on the bases and in center field. He also has an above-average to plus arm.


Sounds like a bit of a project to me but the Sox outfield is tolerable for a bit.
   3. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: June 13, 2017 at 01:42 PM (#5475053)
From FanGraphs review of the first round;

Thoughts
I thought the Houck pick was fine. I’m more optimistic about his ability to start than others because I’ve seen him locate his slider well enough to deal with lefties. I also like Brannen’s feel to hit and think he has a chance to stay in center field.
   4. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: June 13, 2017 at 01:45 PM (#5475058)
Pick #101 - 2B Brett Netzer (#237 BA)

He's athletic enough to be an above-average runner, and he takes aggressive, confident swings. He got off to a strong start before falling off a bit, hitting .342 after batting .384 as a sophomore, but most scouts still grade him as at least an average hitter, with some going above-average thanks to his bat speed and strong strike zone judgment


Sounds like he has work to do defensively at second base but has the physical tools to stick there.
   5. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: June 13, 2017 at 02:29 PM (#5475092)
#131 - RHP Jake Thompson (#83 BA)

The hard-throwing righthander has improved his fastball and slider this year, with both earning plus grades at times. His fastball has peaked at 98 mph according to scouts, though that's usually in shorter stints...A fourth-year junior, Thompson will be 23 by September, and his age, excellent season and strong stuff could move him up draft boards as a college performer who also could cut a deal.
   6. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: June 13, 2017 at 03:08 PM (#5475131)
#161 - RHP Alex Scherff (#59 BA)

Woo. Little aiming high here by the Sox. He's a high schooler so leverage is his. Evidently he's old for a high schooler (19 already) but still, to get a player rated this highly seems like a good gamble.

Scherff has one of the best arms in the 2017 draft class, something that was apparent last summer when he regularly reached 95-plus in showcase outings. Scherff has one of the class' best fastballs and one of the best changeups, a plus pitch that he already throws with deception and conviction. His control wavers at times, but generally this spring he's shown an ability to throw strikes, leading scouts to believe he'll eventually have at least average control.
   7. jmurph Posted: June 13, 2017 at 03:14 PM (#5475140)
Woo. Little aiming high here by the Sox. He's a high schooler so leverage is his. Evidently he's old for a high schooler (19 already) but still, to get a player rated this highly seems like a good gamble.

Well there's this:
Alex Scherff‏ @alexscherff23 6 minutes ago
See you soon, Boston


EDIT: For the record Alex Speier RTd that, I'm not in the habit of following high school baseball prospects on twitter.
   8. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: June 13, 2017 at 03:37 PM (#5475157)
Well that IS interesting. Wonder if the Sox have a deal in place. Chris Hatfield at SP noted that they might be able to get under slot with a couple of their earlier picks so maybe they and Scherff had worked out a number.
   9. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: June 13, 2017 at 03:58 PM (#5475179)
#191 - RHP Zach Schellenberger (#195 BA)

This goes back to the Marrero, Bradley, Groome method of drafting where the Sox get someone who slipped in his draft year for whatever reason. If he can get back to the mid 90s the Sox could be in business here.

His stuff wasn’t quite the same in his junior year, as he sat more in the low 90s and pitched off of his slider with his fastball command lagging behind. He missed time with biceps tendonitis and pitched more at 89-92 when he returned. A team drafting Schellenger will hope that he can return to the form he showed earlier in his amateur career, when he looked like a potential shutdown late-inning reliever.
   10. Dillon Gee Escape Plan Posted: June 23, 2017 at 01:11 AM (#5481423)

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