The Red Sox have selected Bonita Vista High School (Calif). utility man Daniel McElveny with their sixth-round pick in the 2021 MLB first-year player draft at No. 166 overall.
McElveny, 18, is listed at 6-foot and 190 pounds and is currently committed to play college baseball at San Diego State University.
A right-handed hitter who also throws with his right hand, McElveny played his high school baseball right down the road from where Red Sox first-round pick Marcelo Mayer did in Southern California.
Per his MaxPreps page, McElveny posted an impressive .435/.580/.764 slash line to go along with nine doubles, two triples, five home runs, 22 RBI, 37 runs scored, 23 stolen bases, 20 walks, and 15 strikeouts over 29 games (119 plate appearances) played during his senior season at Bonita Vista.
While there is not much information out there on McElveny, he is apparently versatile given the fact he has experience in both the infield and outfield and is listed as a utility player on MLB.com.
According to Perfect Game, the California native is the 475th-ranked prospect in this year’s draft class, ranking 89th among shortstops. His scouting report from Perfect Game, which was written sometime last year, goes as follows:
“Strong athletic build with broad shoulders and the chance to get stronger. Right handed hitter, hits from a straight stance with good balance and direction through contact, very good present bat speed, line drive swing plane and showed the ability to create back spin and carry to the gaps, has loose fast hands through the ball and plenty of extension for future power. 6.81 runner in the sixty. Played both infield and outfield on defense, primary infielder with solid overall athleticism, big arm strength from both positions with true on line carry, is short and quick with his transfers. Well balanced combination of skills and tools with a chance to play a premium defensive position.”
McElveny, who does not turn 19 until next April is the second prep position player the Red Sox have drafted alongside Mayer.
The recommended slot value for the 166th overall pick in this year’s draft is approximately $306,800, so it should be interesting to see if the Sox can sway McElveny to sign as opposed to honoring commitment to San Diego State.
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