6-8-2011: Red Sox 2011 draftees, part 1

With 4 of the top 40 picks, the Red Sox had quite draft the past two days. Here’s a look at the talent they selected. Now all they have to do is sign them!

Round 1, pick 19: Matt Barnes, 21 yo RHP, University of Connecticut (6-4, 203)

Barnes is as solid as pitching prospects come, with a high baseball IQ and throwing a low- to mid-90s fastball, a plus-curveball and a changeup. Throwing out of a 3/4 arm slot with minimal effort, his size and track record suggest he can be a very durable pitcher. He was seen by many as a top five pick at the beginning of the year. Can’t go wrong with choosing a New England name, even if he is a Yankee fan. Barnes also played for Team USA and in the Cape League. Here are his numbers from UConn:

Year W L ERA IP K/9 BB/9
2011 11 4 1.62 116.7 8.56 2.39
2010 8 3 3.92 82.7 8.17 2.72
2009 5 3 5.43 53.0 9.34 3.91

Multiple scouts mention that he’s got some refining to do with his delivery, so he’s probably going to need about two years of seasoning in the minors. Scouting director Amiel Sawdaye said that the Sox view him as a “middle of the rotation guy” with “three plus-pitches”. Given his age and the lack of openings on the Sox staff, we probably won’t see him before late 2013.

Round 1, pick 26: Blake Swihart, 19 yo C (S/R), Cleveland HS (6-1, 175)

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Links 1-7-2009: More about Beltre & Cameron, DiamondView, personnel changes

Adrian Beltre can be considered historically good at 3B defense, according to Dave Cameron. Check out his highlight reel below, if you aren’t convinced (via Peter Abraham and Amalie Benjamin). ZiPS likes Beltre to put up a 97 OPS+ in Fenway this year, and there is some upside if he is completely healthy.

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Hot Stove 2010: Sox add Atchison, pursuing Bay, replacing McLeod

The first Red Sox announcement from the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis is that the Red Sox have signed reliever Scott Atchison, who has pitched the last two years for the Hanshin Tigers in the NPL. The details of his contract have not been released yet, but it is for one year with two team options for 2011 and 2012. He is a 34-year old righty who touches the low 90s with his heater and throws a hard slider around 86-87 mph (harder than he did back in the day). He declared his intent to return to MLB after a stellar 1.70 ERA in 90 IP for the Tigers this past year. Interestingly enough, Atchison had signed a minor league deal with Boston before he left for Japan ball in 2007.

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