The Red Sox completed a busy second day of the 2014 First-Year Draft by taking Louisville outfielder/pitcher Cole Sturgeon, who is busy this weekend playing in the Super Regionals for a chance to go to the College World Series.
In his first 63 games this season, the senior hit .325, with two homers and 31 RBIs. He compiled a .410 on-base percentage while stealing 18 bases.
The Red Sox selected Sturgeon in the 10th round (pick No. 314 overall) as an outfielder, but that doesn't mean he won't get a chance to pitch.
"He's a good player," said Red Sox director of amateur scouting Amiel Sawdaye. "He's just one of those guys who kind of does everything. We'll send him out as an outfielder. He goes out and plays the game the right way and he's one of those grinders, can steal a base and do all the little things. He's a guy who can play all three outfield positions."
The lefty went 3-0 with a 2.06 ERA, notching 35 strikeouts in 34 innings.
"The interesting thing is this guy on the mound is 88 to 92 [mph] with a really good breaking ball," said Sawdaye. "I'm not saying we're going to pitch him now, but there's always that intrigue. He kind of reminds our guys a little of Craig Breslow on the mound. We'll send him out as a position player, see what he does this summer, and then we'll go from there. We anticipate this kid has pretty good bat-to-ball skills and he'll help us out right away, especially at the lower levels, just moving around the field."
Over the first 10 rounds, which included 11 picks, the Red Sox took three infielders, five right-handed pitchers, two outfielders and a catcher. Of the 11 picks, four were high school players, including the first two selections.