After selecting Cameron Cannon with their first and 43rd overall pick in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft, the Red Sox have added on another nice shortstop with their second pick of the night, this time drafting Matthew Lugo out of the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico with the 69th overall pick in the second round.
The nephew of Carlos Beltran himself, Lugo, 18, ranked 38th among MLB.com’s top 200 draft prospects and the highest out of any Puerto Rican born players.
Originally committed to the University of Miami, as MassLive.com’s Chris Cotillo noted, it seems as though Red Sox manager Alex Cora has his name written all over this pick.
A high school class of 2019 graduate, here’s how the 6’1″, 185 lb. infielder stacked up against MLB.com’s scouting grades:
Hit: 55 | Power: 50 | Run: 50 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50
Per SoxProspects.com, the assigned slot value for the 69th pick in this year’s draft is approximately $929,800.
If Boston’s newest draftee is going to sign, expect it to happen relatively soon.