Baseball is back and so is Fenway Faithful Sports . Com Red Sox writer Mosess Menendez reporting on the Red Sox 2020 drafts picks. Sorry for the hiatus but let’s get back into. This year Major League Baseball completed its 2020 amateur draft in just two days this year. The spread of the coronavirus required the draft to be held virtually instead of in Omaha, Nebraska alongside the College World Series. The owners’ desire to slash costs, meanwhile, led to the draft being shortened from 40 rounds to a sad 5. This year the Red Sox had just 4 drafts picks as their second round draft pick was taken away from Major League Baseball due to being found NOT GUILTY in the sign stealing scandal. Now Let’s meet our future..
In the first Round With the 17th overall pick, the Red Sox selected Nick Yorke, a second baseman out of Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California. It was a surprise pick right out of high school to many people as Yorke was a very off the Radar player as he wasn’t in the top 100 MLB Pipeline ranking players and entering the draft he was rank 96 in baseball America . Red Sox director of amateur scouting compared Yorke to Kevin Youkilis, which is about the highest compliment one can receive when thinking about approaches at the plate.
Moving on to Round 3
With the 89th overall pick, the Red Sox selected third baseman Blaze Jordan out of DeSoto Central High School in Mississippi. That’s right folks another high schooler drafted by the Red Sox At just 17 years, 5 months of age, Jordan is one of the youngest prospects in the Class of 2020, but the 6-foot-2-inch, 220-pound right-hander has power beyond his years. According to MLB.com, he won his first national home run derby when he was 11 years old and posted the highest exit velocity (106.9 miles per hour) at the World Wood Bat Association World Championship in October. Now Jordan is a Mississippi State commit, reclassified to the Class of 2020 last summer. He played 100 games through four years of varsity baseball, finishing his career with a .440 batting average, 131 hits, 98 RBIs, 33 doubles, 19 home runs, and six triples, according to MaxPreps. He was also Ranked No. 42 by MLB Pipeline, Red Sox director of amateur scouting Paul Toboni said he was surprised to see Jordan still available when the Red Sox got up in the 3rd round and knew they had to selected him.
On to Round 4,
With the 118th overall pick, the Red Sox selected left-handed pitcher Jeremy Wu-Yelland out of the University of Hawaii. Finally some pitching!!! The 6”1 210lb Wu-Yelland, a junior, saw time as a starter and reliever during his time in Honolulu. According to MLB.com, the southpaw has command issues that make the bullpen the best spot for him, but Toboni said the team is looking to develop him as a starter at this point. In an interesting way of getting himself notice he posted a video on Twitter in March reporting his pitches and speeds showing off all his stuff. Wu fastball that tops out at 97 miles per hour, with a complimentary slider that ranges from 79-83 miles per hour, and a changeup that runs between 81-83 miles per hour.At Hawaii, Wu made 7 appearances in this year’s shortened season and was the only pitcher to post double-digit innings (13) and an ERA below 1.00 (0.69), allowing just one run.
In the 5th and final Round
With the 148th overall pick, the Red Sox selected left-handed pitcher Shane Drohan out of Florida State. Drohan Ranked as the 147th available prospect by MLB Pipeline, Drohan was previously selected by the Phillies in the 23rd round in 2017. He opted to honor his commitment to Florida State, where he started all four weekends of this year’s abbreviated shortened season. On a team that ranked seventh nationally in strikeouts (208), the 6”3, 195lb junior led the team with 27 strikeouts. He had a career game against third-ranked Texas Tech, striking out nine, which was a career high. Drohan’s fastball reaches 95 miles per hour and is consistently in the low-90s. Drohan was a two-sport athlete at Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, Florida where he was a quarterback and scouts have said He is still learning how to pitch which is how the Red Sox we’re fortunate to get him so late in the draft.
Thank you for reading another article posted by Fenway Faithful Sports written By Mosess Menendez and be sure to check out our flagship podcast that you can find in our menu button. This is a list of the Red Sox 2020 Draft picks and the future of the club. if you have any thoughts on the draft just comment where you see it at and let’s have some fun talking about it .Lets Go Red Sox!!