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.
With their first selection in the 2019 First-Year Player Draft, the Red Sox have selected junior shortstop Cameron Cannon out of the University of Arizona with the 43rd overall pick in the second round.
Without a first round pick in this year’s amateur draft due to luxury tax penalties committed last season, the Red Sox ultimately decided to go with a position player in their first of two second round selections Monday.
In three seasons with the University of Arizona men’s baseball team, Cannon slashed .347/.443/.561 with 16 home runs and 113 RBI over 147 total games played dating back to 2017.
Ranked by MLB.com as the 79th best prospect in this year’s draft, the 22-year-old infielder is listed at 5’10” and 196 lbs.
Based on 80-grade scouting scale, here’s how Cannon’s five tools line up, again using MLB.com:
Previously drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 21st round of the 2016 draft, the native of Glendale, Az. should sign this time around, and it could come soon with his team out of the NCAA Baseball Tournament already.
Per SoxProspects.com, the slot value for the No. 43 overall pick comes in at $1,729,800.
The Red Sox will be making their next and final selection of the night at pick No. 69. Stay tuned for that.
Less than a full calendar year after being selected with the 220th overall pick in the seventh round of the 2018 amateur draft, the Red Sox have promoted speedy prospect Jarren Duran from High-A Salem to Double-A Portland, according to SoxProspects’ Chris Hatfield.
Duran, 22, is currently ranked as Boston’s ninth-best prospect, according to MLB.com.
Drafed out of Long Beach State in 2018, the California native has done nothing but hit since reporting to Low-A Lowell last June.
In 67 total games split between the New York-Penn and South Atlantic Leagues, Duran made a great first impression by slashing .357/.394/.516 with three home runs, 35 RBI, and 24 stolen bases.
This season, after breaking minor league camp with the High-A Salem Red Sox, the 2018 organizational All-Star came out of the gate running, leading the Carolina League, and all of minor league baseball for that matter, in hitting with a .387 batting average.
He also posted a .456 on-base and .543 slugging percentage to go along with four homers, 19 runs driven in, and 18 swiped bags over 50 games played.
Without a doubt, Duran is the most intriguing outfield prospect in the Red Sox’ system. How he adjusts to Eastern League pitching will be something to keep an eye on moving forward.
In his first two amateur drafts as President of Baseball Operations for the Red Sox, Dave Dombrowski, aided by his scouting department, has gone with a starting pitcher with the teams first selection. LHP Jay Groome was selected out of high school with the 12th overall pick back in 2016 and Tanner Houck, a righty, was selected out of The University of Missouri with the 27th overall pick in last years draft.
With that in mind, I would not have found it shocking if the Red Sox went that route again by drafting another pitcher. Instead, they went with an infielder out of Pembroke Pines, FL named Triston Casas.
Casas, 18, spent three years at American Heritage High School in Plantation, FL, which just so happens to be the same high school both Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer and Patriots first round pick Sony Michel attended.
Listed at 6’4” and 238 lbs. on Perfect Game USA, Casas has all the potential to be a power hitting first baseman capable of hitting 30-35 home runs a season against big league pitching. He may not be the best hitter for average, but he can definitely mash.
According to Fangraphs’ Kiley McDaniel, who called this pick about a half hour before it was announced, Casas, “May have the most power of all guys taken today, long track record of hitting.”
Despite not knowing much about this kid, I certainly am not disappointed by the pick. It will be interesting to see how he develops once he makes the transition to being a full-time first baseman. Hopefully, Casas will be playing up in Lowell by the time their season starts in June. For now though, here’s his mixtape and a great quote from tonight.
Big things coming.