Sox focus on college pitchers on Day 2 of Draft

Sox focus on college pitchers on Day 2 of Draft

BOSTON -- The Red Sox loaded up on arms rather than bats on Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft, as they selected nine pitchers and five position players on Tuesday.

The Red Sox spent their first six overall picks on right-handed pitchers. They also used their final three selections on hurlers, including lefty reliever Dylan Chavez from Ole Miss.

The Sox have searched for powerful arms in recent Drafts and believe they found more this year.

"You want to develop pitchers, especially power pitchers," said amateur scouting director Amiel Sawdaye. "You need to do it within your own organization, and that's what we looked for. Certainly we got a handful of guys that fit that mold."

2012 Draft Central

Jamie Callahan was the first pitcher drafted by the Sox on Tuesday, going in the second round with the 87th overall pick. The Dillon (S.C.) High School product was the first of three hurlers from the prep ranks selected by Boston.

He is committed to the University of South Carolina, but the Sox believe they'll be able to sign him.

"We're cautiously optimistic, but we're very hopeful that we have the feasibility to sign him," Sawdaye said. "Obviously with South Carolina recruiting him he's a big name and somebody that we feel like we have a chance to sign."

Ty Buttrey was the second, as the Providence (N.C) Senior High School standout fell to the Red Sox in the fourth round (No. 151 overall). Buttrey was ranked No. 35 on the MLB.com Draft list -- the highest of any player not taken on Day 1. The Sox used their final selection on Tuesday on Carson Fulmer from All Saints Academy (Fla.).

"Any guy that we took up high, I can't saying any of them are slam dunks, but we're not taking those picks to lose those picks," Sawdaye said. "There are still some hurdles we need to face in the next few weeks to make sure that we can come to an agreement, but hopefully we'll be able to get these kids out sooner rather than later."

Aside from high school pitchers, the Red Sox drafted a pair of proven college arms in University of Florida closer Austin Maddox and Chavez. Maddox is the second Gator drafted by the Sox this year (lefty Brian Johnson went in No. 31 overall).

"The last couple years [Maddox] found his niche in the bullpen as a power arm guy, threw a lot of strikes and hopefully there's some upside with these guys," Sawdaye said. "The SEC is the American League East of college baseball, so we do feel like that helps prepare guys. Those type of players are ready for the big stage, because they get to go out there every week."

When the Red Sox weren't busy drafting pitchers, they selected two shortstops, one first baseman, one catcher and one center fielder during rounds 8-12.

J.T. Watkins, the son of area scout Danny Watkins, went in the 10th round. The catcher from Army was one of two players from the service academies drafted on Tuesday. The other was Navy outfielder Alex Azor, who went to Toronto.

The Red Sox drafted nine players from college on Day 2 in addition to five prep prospects.

Here's a look at all of the Red Sox's Day 2 picks:

Round 2, Jamie Callahan, RHP, Dillon (S.C.) HS: Callahan, 17, was the Gatorade High School Player of the Year in South Carolina as a senior. He had 113 strikeouts in 50 innings and was 7-1 with a 0.89 ERA. Callahan's fastball can reach 95 mph, but his best pitch is his curveball. He's committed to the University of South Carolina.

Round 3, Austin Maddox, RHP, University of Florida: Maddox was a two-way standout with the Gators, but his future is as a reliever. Currently playing in the NCAA tournament with Florida, the closer has 12 saves with a 2.24 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings. Maddox has an above-average fastball, but he will need to polish his changeup.

Round 4, Ty Buttrey, RHP, Providence (N.C.) Senior HS: Buttrey impressed scouts with his fastball, which was up to the mid-90s for most of the season. He's effective when throwing inside and improved his breaking ball as a senior. Buttrey, 19, is listed at 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds and is committed to the University of Arkansas.

Round 5, Mike Augliera, RHP, Binghamton University: Augliera is arguably the best pitcher to come out of Binghamton. He's the program's all-time leader in wins (23), complete games (13), innings (298 1/3) and starts (50). As a senior, he went 6-7 with a 3.16 ERA and struck out 83 against just seven walks, the second best ratio in the NCAA.

Round 6, Justin Haley, RHP, Fresno State: The power pitcher has a fastball that tops out at 95 mph and is an imposing presence on the mound at 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds. Haley went 7-4 as a junior, striking out 94 in 93 1/3 innings. He was drafted by Cleveland in the 46th round of the 2010 Draft but did not sign.

Round 7, Kyle Kraus, RHP, University of Portland: Kraus was the Pilot's No. 1 starter since he was a freshman and is the program's all-time leader in wins (27), starts (56) and innings (406). As a senior, he went 7-6 with a 2.03 ERA and three complete games in 16 starts.

Round 8, Nathan Minnich, 1B, Shepherd University: Minnich won the 2012 Tino Martinez Award as the most outstanding player in Division II. He is the first Shepherd alum to be drafted. Minnich had a .487/.645/.980 line as a senior with 21 home runs and 72 RBIs. He never missed a start in 172 games during his career with the Rams.

Round 9, Michael Miller, SS, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: The shortstop posted a .354/.410/.488 line as a senior despite missing time at the beginning of the season with a wrist injury. Miller played in the Alaska Baseball League last summer, where he was named the Player of the Year. The last shortstop drafted from Cal Poly was Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith.

Round 10, J.T. Watkins, C, United States Military Academy: Watkins has been an everyday catcher for the Black Knights since he was a freshman. He hit .316 as a senior with five homers and 31 RBIs. His father, Danny Watkins, is an area scout for the Red Sox.

Round 11, Jamal Martin, CF, William T. Dwyer (Fla.) HS: Martin is a speedy outfielder who hit .386 as a senior with 11 steals. He is considered a plus defender with good bat speed who can drive the ball to all fields. Martin is committed to Florida State.

Round 12, Mike Meyers, SS, Silverado (Nevada) HS: Meyers set a school record for a single season with 59 runs this year. He is also the school's all-time leader in doubles (50), triples (18), steals (31) and runs (192). Meyers is committed to UNLV and hit .446 as a junior in 2011.

Round 13, Jeffrey Wendelken, RHP, Middle Georgia College: The right-hander was nearly unhittable this season, posting a 7-0 record with a 0.20 ERA and nine saves in 22 appearances. Wendelken struck out 54 in 46 innings with four walks. He held opponents to a .169 batting average this year.

Round 14, Dylan Chavez, LHP, Ole Miss: The reliever was 3-4 with a 4.66 ERA in 23 appearances, including one start this season. He struck out 36 in 36 2/3 innings and had one save. Chavez was drafted by the Twins in the 32nd round of the 2011 Draft, but he did not sign.

Round 15, Carson Fulmer, RHP, All Saints Academy (Fla.): Fulmer has a plus fastball that can reach 96 mph and a slider with good bite. He's an aggressive pitcher with impressive arm strength, but he will need to develop a consistent changeup.

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.