Could lightning strike twice?
With pick No. 1443 in the 48th round of baseball’s first-year player draft today, the Red Sox selected right-handed pitcher Josh Papelbon from the University of North Florida. Josh is the brother of Sox relief ace Jonathan Papelbon.
The 22-year-old Papelbon led the Ospreys with eight saves in the 2006 season and led the team with 29 appearances, all coming in relief.
The 6-1, 210 pound reliever finished 2006 with a 4-3 record and a 2.81 ERA over 41 2/3 innings of work. He became UNF’s all-time saves leader on March 10, saving a 2-1 UNF victory over Campbell for save No. 20 of his career. Papelbon finished the season with 24 career saves.
Josh’s identical twin brother Jeremy is also a pitcher for UNF.
In the 32nd round today, the Red Sox selected Franklin Pierce College second baseman Michael Chambers, a Londonderry, N.H. native.
Check out our draft tracker for information on all of the Red Sox’ picks from Day 1 of the draft.