Red Sox Draft Pick Ian Rice Playing In The Cape Cod League

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In the 2014 MLB draft, the Boston Red Sox selected two players out of Chipola College in Marianna, Florida: Danny Mars and Ian Rice. Mars, an outfielder, was picked in the sixth round and Rice, a catcher, fell to the 21st round. Mars came to Massachusetts to sign his contract, and Rice came so that he could play in the Cape Cod League for the Cotuit Kettleers.
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So far this year in Cotuit, Rice has collected a hit in his six at-bats as he serves as one of the team’s catchers. The other catcher, Casey Schroeder, also went to junior college this past year and was selected in the 14th round of the 2014 MLB draft by the Oakland Athletics. Rice will see more action as the season progresses, and should be able to put up some impressive numbers and the same goes for Schroeder.

As far as a scouting report goes, Rice is known for his power. Smacking ten home runs this spring and leading the Cal Ripken Collegiate League in home runs last summer Rice impressed. Along with his .500 OBP for Chipola, yes, Rice walked about twice as often as he struck out which shows he has a great eye at the plate. On the base paths, Rice is not the fastest man alive since he is a catcher. Behind the dish, Rice has been working hard to improve his defense. With this being said, he could one day be a good defensive catcher at this rate.
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Given that he is committed to the University of Houston next year, Rice definitely has some options and leverage over Boston. Ranked as the 303rd best draft prospect by Baseball America, it seems strange that Rice fell all the way down to the 21st round. Sign-ability does not seem like it could be an issue, but it will take more than $100k to lure him away from college. As the season wears on in the Cape, Rice plays well, and the deadline to sign comes closer, expect Boston to up the ante and give Rice a realistic offer. Realistically for Rice, Boston should be able to swoop him up with about $300k.
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Overall, this will be an interesting one to see unfold. Ian Rice will be a fun player to watch in the Cape. Expect this one to come down to the wire whether or not he signs with the Red Sox as it will likely be announced on the day of the deadline. Rice is definitely a player Boston needs to make a priority in signing since his potential is far too great to pass up.

Who Will the Red Sox Choose First in the 2014 MLB Draft?

2014 MLB Draft

The 2014 MLB Draft is just days away. The first round will be held on June 5 at 7:00 p.m. eastern from Studio 42 at the MLB Network studios in Secaucus, N.J., and will broadcast live on the MLB Network and MLB.com

The closer we get to draft time, the more rumors we have heard about who the Boston Red Sox could possibly select with their 26th overall pick. So who are some of players the Red Sox could be targeting?

Derek Fisher, outfielder, University of Virginia 

In 32 games in 2014, Fisher is hitting .283 with three home runs and 17 RBIs. While those stats won’t blow you away, his ceiling is as high as anyone in the 2014 draft. Fisher has the speed to play center field, but probably lacks the instincts and the route running to be an elite defender. Left field is probably where he will play in the majors.

Fisher has as smooth of a swing as any hitter in college. While he hits most of his home runs to left field, he can also hit for power and average the opposite way as well. Fisher would fit in nicely with the other young Red Sox players that are in their farm system

Casey Gillaspie, first baseman, Wichita State

If you recognize Gillaspie’s last name, it might be because his brother Conor is a third baseman for the Chicago White Sox. Casey is widely considered one of the best hitters in college baseball. In 50 games in 2014, Gillaspie batted .389 with 15 home runs and 50 RBIs.

Gillaspie isn’t very athletic at 6’4 238 pounds, which probably means he will likely be restricted to playing first base in the majors. Whichever team drafts him will get a switch-hitter that has enough power and a good-enough glove to make him a potential starter.

Joe Gatto, pitcher, St. Augustine Prep

Gatto intends to play for the University of North Carolina next year, but at 6’5” 215 pounds the hard-throwing right-hander has been heavily scouted by a number of MLB teams. According to Baseball America, Gatto “has as much upside as anyone in the draft.”

Gatto features a fastball that reaches the mid-90s, a curve ball and change-up. He was named a 2014 third-team preseason All-American by Baseball America and their No. 29 overall player in the country.

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