The Red Sox added another power arm in the ninth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft by taking right-hander Kevin Steen, who spends much of his time away from the baseball field swishing jump shots.
"Steen is pretty exciting," said Red Sox director of amateur scouting Amiel Sawdaye. "He's an upside guy. He only had maybe four starts this year, because his team got to the state championship in basketball. He went right off the basketball court and got onto the mound."
As prolific as Steen is at roundball, the Red Sox think he can do every bit as much at hardball.
"You're buying the upside there," Sawdaye said. "It's a loose, live arm. It's a projectable body. He has the ability to spin a breaking ball. The [velocity] isn't there right now, and we don't expect it to be, because it's like his fourth game out of Spring Training, really. Hopefully, if we get this kid out and really get him on the mound and continue his mound progression, hopefully, we'll be seeing a different guy."
The Oak Ridge High School (Tenn.) product has a commitment to play college baseball at Tennessee.