They’re So Cute At That Age

It’s certainly the day for youngsters, what with the draft and David Pauley’s start tonight. Red Sox fans can immediately begin memorizing these names: Jason Place and Aaron Bates.

The skinny on Place, the Sox’ No. 1 overall pick, according to the Globe’s draft tracker:

"A career .478 hitter, the Anderson Independent-Mail player of the year hit .544 this season with four home runs and six doubles. He drew 31 walks, drove in 20 runs and stole 10 bases for the Region 1-AAAA champions [South Carolina]. ‘You could just tell the first time you ever saw him, the way he carried himself, the way he played, the way he enjoyed playing, that he was going to be a special player,’ Wren’s junior varsity team, coach Randy Thompson said. ‘Every time out there he did something to amaze me. It came pretty early in his career, but I wasn’t sure how far he’d take it.’ " (Source: Keith Farner, Anderson Independent-Mail, June 3, 2006)

And Bates, who looks like a good bet to fill the power void in the Sox’ system, in the third round:

Drafted by Florida in the eighth round in 2005…After going in the eighth round as a redshirt sophomore in last year’s draft, Bates should improve that status by at least five rounds with his decision to return to school. He is one of the best hitters among this year’s class, with the ability to use the entire field and to recognize pitches. Bates is patient and very strong, giving him good opposite-field power, and he hit nearly .340 with wood bats in the California Collegiate League during the summer of 2004. A former catcher at San Jose State, Bates is a solid defensive first baseman despite not having exceptional range.(Source: Sports Network)

The Sox did indeed go with the high-risk/high-reward strategy, picking a high-school hitter at No. 1. We’ll probably see Bates a little sooner, as he’s from North Carolina State. Both these guys look like good picks. The others appear even more high-risk/reward.

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  • Boston had a handful of first day picks in todays MLB Entry Draft. Nine picks later and here are the results including a pitcher many thought would be a top five pick going to Boston with the 28th overall pick.
    #27 Jason Place Outfield R/R
    Wren High School, South Carolina
    He has power, speed and arm strength that makes him an enticing corner outfield candidate. He’s got plus makeup and plays the game hard, a kid who only played baseball in high school.
    #28 Daniel Bard RHP R/R
    North Carolina
    One of the best arms in the 2006 draft. Has a plus fastball that can touch 97 mph.
    #40 Kristofer Johnson LHP L/L
    Wichita State
    #44 Caleb Clay RHP R/R
    Cullman High School, Alabama
    #71 Justin Masterson RHP R/R
    San Diego State
    #83 Aaron Bates First Base R/R
    North Carolina State
    #103 Bryson Cox RHP R/R
    Rice University
    #133 Jonathan Still Catcher R/R
    North Carolina State
    #163 Dustin Richardson LHP L/L
    Texas Tech

    TJ June 6, 2006, 4:36 pm
  • Another reason we should have kept Josh Bard. Our battery of the future could have been Bard-Bard.

    Paul SF June 6, 2006, 4:39 pm
  • Yea and of course with regular playing time Bard has become a very decent hitter out in San Diego… too much given up for Mirabelli but Im glad Dougie is back.

    TJ June 6, 2006, 4:40 pm
  • Too much was made out of Bard’s passed balls (I think Mirabelli’s got nearly as many now), and not enough of his bat and youth. I really feel bad for him.

    Paul SF June 6, 2006, 4:41 pm
  • Doug Mirabelli
    11 Games/62 Innings
    4 passed balls
    9 Stolen Bases against/3 Caught Stealing
    Josh Bard
    7 Games/53 Innings
    10 passed balls
    12 Stolen Bases against/1 Caught Stealing

    TJ June 6, 2006, 4:49 pm
  • Wow, forgot Bard had that many. Ah well. The pint remains that he is young and can only improve. But the Sox are a team meant to win now, so I guess it’s a trade-off. But would’ve been nice to have kept him around because Mirabelli ain’t getting any younger.

    Paul SF June 6, 2006, 4:55 pm
  • I’m guessing they think very well of Jonathan Still, having drafted him on the first day.

    TJ June 6, 2006, 4:59 pm
  • Jonatahn Still 2006 stats
    Batting .350 214 Abs, 58 R, 75 H, 15 Doubles, 8 Homers, 58 RBI, 38 BB, 3 SB/1CS

    TJ June 6, 2006, 5:02 pm
  • BoSox, you got a great pitcher and a great person in Justin Masterson. I was best friends with his sister in high school and he played little league with my brother in Beavercreek, Ohio. He’s always been a power pitcher, and he’s always been dominant. Congrats! I’m jealous (I’m a Reds fan) – I wish we had gotten him!

    Laura June 8, 2006, 1:36 pm

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