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Red Sox end Drehoff's wait in Round 12

Red Sox end Drehoff's wait in Round 12


Frustrated with not hearing his name called through the first 10 rounds of the First-Year Player Draft, Jake Drehoff decided to go to the pool with his friends to take his mind of it.

It didn't take long for the left-handed pitcher to be selected on Day 3, though. Less than an hour after the Draft's third day began, he received a call from his adviser that he had been selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 12th round on Saturday.

"I was ecstatic," he said. "I know the Red Sox are known to have a great organization. I was thrilled to get drafted by them."

Drehoff, who played his college ball at Southern Mississippi, is a 6-foot-4, 185-pound lefty who says his changeup is his best pitch.

He also throws a slider and a fastball, which sits between 87 and 91 mph.

The Red Sox have made left-handed pitching a priority in the Draft this year as Drehoff is the fourth southpaw Boston has selected through the first 12 rounds.

Drehoff had a 5-5 record this season while posting a 3.54 ERA in 81 1/3 innings. He struck out 69 batters.

To get to the big leagues, Drehoff said he'll need to work on his consistency.

"I need to get more consistent and tighten up my breaking ball a little bit and get better with my location," he said.

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

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