It’s well known now that the Red Sox missed out on Vanderbilt ace Jack Leiter. The Rangers selected Leiter second overall and then Boston turned their attention to Marcelo Mayer.
With the second round getting underway on Monday afternoon, who will Boston select at No. 40?
One name Red Sox fans should monitor is LSU right-hander Jaden Hill.
Jaden Hill at No. 40?
Entering this season, Hill was a projected top-10 pick but his season was derailed due to having Tommy John surgery. He was ranked ninth amongst players in the draft by CBS Sports.
There’s a lot to like about Hill, his fastball is his greatest asset. He can throw it hard and with ease, in which it’s hit triple digits. Hill’s fastball generally tops out at 98mph and is his number one weapon in his arsenal.
The LSU righty offers an impressive slider with great velocity and vicious movement. In addition to his fastball-slider combo, Hill also can throw a decent changeup and cutter.
With all the upside of Hill there is downside as well. He is coming off Tommy John surgery and will not be ready to begin his pro career until 2022.
Walks have been an issue for Hill and that is a byproduct of having control issues. Hill also struggled to go deep into games at the collegiate level. He averaged just 4.1 innings per start in college.
Hill could project more as an high upside bullpen piece for the Red Sox. Teams will look to draft and develop him as a starter. However, Chaim Bloom could have his club use Hill similar to Garrett Whitlock.
A good comp to Hill is current Red Sox All-Star Nathan Eovaldi. Red Sox fans will certainly like that comp for Hill.
The Red Sox will have an opportunity at No. 40 to add another great prospect into their system. Hill is going to be a risky pick and he could likely slide past the Red Sox due to his surgery.
The thought of drafting a bullpen piece in the second round doesn’t excite me. However, Hill’s stuff on the mound is exciting to watch. Whatever Bloom does with this pick will generate a ton of buzz and Red Sox fans are looking forward to it.
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