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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