Former BC High standout Alex Hassan and Tantasqua Regional shortstop Dan Kemp highlighted a trio of local selections the Red Sox made in today's first-year player draft.
The American League East was good to locals, as colleague Bob Holmes noted earlier that the Toronto Blue Jays drafted Everett's Matt Nuzzo, while the New York Yankees grabbed Thayer Academy's Kyle McKenzie.
Here's more from a press release from the Sox:
The Red Sox also selected three players with ties to New England. In the 20th round, the club picked Duke University right-handed pitcher Alex Hassan, a native of Milton, MA and former four-year letter winner at Boston College High School. Hassan was named to the All-Ping!Baseball Team in 2009 as a utility player, earning eight saves as the Blue Devils closer and batting .342 (75-for-219) as an outfielder. The junior finished with a 2-2 record and 4.10 ERA (12 ER/26.1 IP) on the mound while recording 17 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 30 RBI and a team-high 56 runs at the plate.
Boston selected shortstop Dan Kemp out of Tantasqua Regional High School in Fiskdale with its 24th-round pick. Kemp hit .472 with six home runs, 24 RBI, 24 run scored and 14 stolen bases this year.
With their final pick of the day, the Red Sox took senior right-hander Jeremiah Bayer from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Bayer, a native of Greenfield, MA, earned 2009 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division III Pitcher of the Year and the D3Baseball.com National Pitcher of the Year honors after going 12-1 with a 0.85 ERA (9 ER/95.1 IP), 94 strikeouts and 24 walks over 14 outings (11 starts) this season.
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