This is great. The Sox have drafted Kendrick Perkins, a high school player from Texas, in the sixth round.
No, not that one.
This one is a 6-2, 225-pound center fielder from LaPorte High. As Ian Browne of MLB.com just said, “I hope he has better hands.”
Here is what Baseball America said about him:
Perkins ran for a combined 3,454 yards and 47 touchdowns as a junior and senior football player, breaking a 30-year-old school record for career rushing yards. He received football offers from Kansas, Southern Methodist and Texas Christian, but announced his intention to play baseball going forward. It’s easy to dream on Perkins’ potential on the diamond. He’s a 6-foot-3, 215-pound quick-twitch athlete with lefthanded power potential and solid speed. Because he has been torn between two sports, he’s still raw. He doesn’t recognize offspeed pitches well and can get caught on his front foot. At the same time, his hands work well at the plate and he does a good job of squaring up pitches. He has enough arm strength and speed to play right field, though his defense will need work. “He’s a classic boom or bust player,” one area scout said. “He could be Jason Heyward, or he could be Choo Freeman.” At his best, Perkins can look like a sandwich-round talent, though his lack of refinement could drop him to the third or fourth round.
No word yet whether this Kendrick Perkins glowers at the umpire ever time he gets called out. There has to be a player named Ray Allen out there somewhere. Maybe a Paul Pierce?
In the seventh round, the pick was U. of Mimi LHP Chris Hernandez.
UPDATE, 3:11 p,m.: The eighth-round pick was Virginia Tech lefty Matt Price.
The breakdown so far:
6 college players
4 high school players
Obviously they’re fairly well loaded with catchers in the organization, so any ties on their board are probably going to other spots.