The Red Sox selected three youngsters on day one of the 2014 MLB draft Thursday. With their first three picks, Boston drafted a shortstop, pitcher and firstbaseman.
With the 26th overall pick, the Red Sox snagged shortstop Michael Chavis from Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Georgia.
Chavis will be playing collegiate ball at the University of Clemson in the fall. He’s said to be a versatile player who possesses the ability to play anywhere across the diamond despite being announced as a shortstop. Chavis is projected to be a power hitter moving forward as his career progresses.
Michael Kopech, a right-handed pitcher out of Mount Pleasant High School in Mount Pleasant, Texas, was taken by the club with the 33rd overall pick.
Kopech will be playing his collegiate ball at the University of Arizona. He is projected to be a middle of the rotation starter, possessing a fastball in the low 90s and a breaking ball with solid movement. A move to the bullpen could be in his future.
Boston drafted firstbaseman Sam Travis with the 67th overall pick in the second round. Travis is a product of Indiana University.
Travis was originally taken by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2011 draft, but he went unsigned and played collegiate ball at Indiana. There he worked on his hitting and molded himself into one of the most well-rounded batters in this year’s draft.
The draft will resume Friday afternoon. Boston’s next pick will be the 103rd overall selection of the third round.