2016 MLB Draft Roundup: Boston Red Sox

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Regarded as the top talent in the draft for much of the spring, prep lefty Jason Groome slid to Red Sox with the 12th pick.  Photo courtesy of News 12 New Jersey.

By: Burke Granger

A year ago, the Red Sox landed Golden Spikes Award winner Andrew Benintendi with the 7th overall pick. In his first full season, Benintendi hit .312/.378/.532 between Hi A and AA in route to a call up to Boston where he was a key contributor on the Red Sox postseason run.  While Benintendi met, and often exceeded expectations across the board, he may not even be the best prospect in Red Sox system.  Signed from Cuba in 2015, infielder Yoan Moncada earned Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year.  Benintendi and Moncada headline a system that Boston bolstered with a strong 2016 draft.

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Prospect Roundup: Week 11

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Virginia ace Connor Jones tossed a complete game four-hitter against Pittsburgh on Saturday in ACC action.

By: Burke Granger

As the June 9th MLB draft approaches, Florida’s A.J. Puk is solidifying his spot as the top arm in this class.  After exiting a start earlier this month with back spasms and then sitting out the following weekend, Puk has looked like the 1:1 candidate he is since his return.

This weekend against Georgia, Puk struck out 10 over 6 innings, while surrendering just 4 hits, a run, and 3 walks.  Puk did leave this start with what coach Kevin O’Sullivan later called a hand cramp so that will be something to monitor this weekend to determine if it’s something more serious.

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