If there is one positive thing that came from the 2020 season for the Red Sox, it’s getting their highest draft pick since 1967. With the fourth pick in this year’s draft, Boston can get a player who will make a big impact down the road. MLB.com ranked Boston’s farm system as 24th best in the league. With the rare chance to get top-tier talent, Chaim Bloom wants to make the most of this opportunity. Mock drafts are everywhere with how the first picks will play out, meaning there are a wide-range of players that could be available for the Red Sox.
With that said, here are a few guys that the Red Sox should be keeping their eye on come draft day:
Henry Davis, Catcher, University of Louisville
One of the best bats in all of college baseball, there is a good chance Davis is available when the Red Sox pick. In 50 games for the Cardinals, he hit 15 home runs with a batting average of .370. Additionally, he had seven more walks than strikeouts all season. He displayed a strong understanding of the strike zone and a solid approach at the plate. He also has a good arm behind the plate, throwing out 34 percent of base-stealers in his first two college seasons.
Jack Leiter, Pitcher, Vanderbilt University
Leiter seems to be the most likely pick for Boston if he falls down to the fourth pick. Considering the Red Sox have taken infielders in the first round of their last three drafts, they may want to add some pitching depth. Leiter has been fantastic for Vanderbilt as a sophomore. In 104 innings pitched, he struck out 171 batters and had 2.08 ERA. With a fastball that can hit 97 MPH, Leiter has a high ceiling if he develops his secondary pitches.
Jordan Lawlar, SS, Jesuit Prep (HS)
Scouts are putting Lawlar as either the first- or second-best high school prospect in the draft. Standing 6’2”, he has the making of developing into a five-tool shortstop, drawing comparisons to Bobby Witt Jr. Most mock drafts have him going in the top two picks. If Leiter is picked early, there is a good chance Boston goes with the prospect with the highest potential being Lawlar.
Kahlil Watson, SS, Wake Forest High School
If the Red Sox are looking to grab a shortstop and Lawler and Marcelo Mayer are gone, Watson is going to be the next best candidate. Another high school prospect with a lot of potential, Watson has the athleticism and arm strength to play anywhere defensively. MLB.com grades his speed well above-average meaning he could become a threat on the base paths. Watson may be a reach but, Boston could potentially sign him at a value and spend more money in the later rounds.
Kumar Rocker, Pitcher, Vanderbilt University:
Another Vanderbilt pitcher who had a great season, Rocker will likely be the second pitcher picked after his teammate, Jack Leiter. He led Vanderbilt in strikeouts and innings pitched, while sporting a 2.52 ERA. Rocker possesses great talent with a slider that generates a lot of swings-and-misses. He may slide in the draft due to inconsistency and command issues with his fastball. If Boston picks him, he will take a little longer to develop than Leiter.