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Red Sox take catcher in third round

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  June 7, 2013 02:26 PM

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The second day of the draft is well underway. Here are the players selected by the Red Sox:

3rd round: C Jon Denney, Yukon (Okla.) HS: Denney was generally listed as a player worthy of a late first-round or second-round pick. So the Red Sox appear to have done well by selecting him with the 81st overall pick.

Denney was considered a tough player to sign because of a commitment to play at Arkansas. But Denney wrote this on Twitter a short time ago: "I'm so happy to be an official Red Sox baseball player in their organization thank you friends and family for the support!"

That was followed by: "This is awesome I have been a Red Sox fan my whole life! Ever since I started watching MLB baseball, now I'm a part of their organization!"

That certainly sounds like he has a deal in place.

The Red Sox are well-stocked with catchers (Ryan Lavanway, Christian Vazquez, Blake Swihart), but is a position where depth never seems to last. Denney has the bat that would allow him to play first base.

4th round: RHP Myles Smith, Lee University (Tenn): Smith, a Detroit native, has bounced around in his career. He started out at Missouri then switched to Miami-Dade Junior College before landing at Lee, a NAIA school.

At 6-foot-1, he is smaller than the usual righthanders the Red Sox select. But he throws in the mid-90s according to Baseball America and had a terrific season for Lee (11-3, 1.51 ERA).

5th round: LHP Corey Littrell, Kentucky: Littrell had a good summer with Harwich in the Cape Cod League. He does not have overwhelming stuff, but a polished major college lefthander certainly has value to an organization.

His father, righthander Jack Littrell Jr., pitched in the Los Angeles Dodgers (1977-78) and Montreal Expos (1980) organizations. Grandfather, Jack Littrell Sr., appeared in 111 big league games as an infielder for the Philadelphia Athletics (1952, 1954), Kansas City Athletics (1955), and Chicago Cubs (1957).

6th round: OF Austin Jordon, Forest HS (Fla): He is 6-foot, 195 pounds and also played football well enough in high school to merit scholarship offers as a linebacker or safety. Jordon runs a 4.4 40-yard dash according to media coverage of his high school career.

7th round: LHP Mike Adams, U. of Tampa: A reliever for the Division 2 power, Adams may be viewed as a fresh arm who can made into a starter. He throws a good curveball according to scouting reports.

8th round: OF Forrestt Allday, Central Arkansas: He averaged 1.04 walks her game, third nationally. That led to a .486 OBP. He is a senior with junior eligibility.

9th round: RHP Kyle Martin, Texas A&M: He's a senior who didn't have a very good season (3-4, 4.91) as a reliever and occasional starter. He is 6-foot-7, 220 pounds so their scouts must see physical tools that can be polished.

10th round: RHP Taylor Grover, South Carolina-Aiken: The Sox closed the first day of the draft with four consecutive seniors. That was similar to the strategy they employed last season. Because seniors have no negotiating leverage, they can be signed below their slot value and the money saved can go to better prospects.

Denney, in particular, could be the player who benefits from this.

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