Red Sox draft picks Rounds 11-15: Reaching for Reddick redux; scraping high school ceiling

June 05, 2012 - 9:11 pm

The Red Sox spent most of Rounds 5-10 focused on selecting inexpensive and eminently signable college seniors who will liberate their draft budget to sign other higher-ceiling players. (More on that strategy here.) But once the team got outside of the first 10 rounds -- the ones that are being used to define the draft bonus pool parameters that were set by Major League Baseball -- the Sox returned to taking younger picks with upside, most of whom come with signability questions. Some of these players may end up going to the Sox with the money freed up by the signings of college seniors. Others likely will remain unsigned. Even so, these selections are at the least intriguing, particularly given the connections between some of these players and past Red Sox draft selections. 11TH ROUND: JAMAL MARTIN, CF, WILLIAM DWYER HS (FLA.), 19 YEARS OLD Martin is considered one of the fastest players in Florida, and was widely recognized as one of the best players in Palm Beach County. He has a small (listed anywhere from 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10), powerful build, and quit football for his senior season to focus full-time on baseball. In addition to his speed, he also showedt the ability to drive a ball with a wooden bat in a summer league prior to his senior season. He has a scholarship commitment to Florida State. 12TH ROUND: MIKE MEYERS, 2B, SILVERADO HS (NEV.), 18 YEARS OLD Meyers, a 6-foot-1 shortstop in high school, was an all-state player in Nevada while hitting .454 with seven homers and 13 steals, and he set school single-season records in runs scored (59). When drafted, he was announced as a second baseman. He has a scholarship commitment to UNLV. 13TH ROUND: J.B. WENDELKEN, RHP, MIDDLE GEORGIA COLLEGE (JUCO), 19 YEARS OLD In 2006, the Red Sox had arguably their best pure scouting pick of the last decade when they selected outfielder Josh Reddick -- a South Effingham High School product by way of Middle Georgia Junior College -- in the 16th round of the draft. And so, they can be forgiven for going back to the well. On Tuesday, they selected a pitcher who, like Reddick, was coming out of Middle Georgia by way of South Effingham, selecting J.B. Wendelken with their 13th round selection. Wendelken was dominant in 2012, going 7-0 with a 0.20 ERA while striking out 54 and walking eight in 46 innings. He features a fastball that has been described in different reports as topping out at 92-95 mph. 14TH ROUND: DYLAN CHAVEZ, LHP, OLE MISS, 21 YEARS OLD Chavez, who played his high school ball for Rob Rinaldi -- who coached Dustin Pedroia at Woodland High School -- pounded the strike zone for Ole Miss after transferring from American River Community College. In 16 games, the skinny, 6-foot-3 lefty went 3-4 with a 4.66 ERA while striking out 36 and walking six in 36 2/3 innings. That strikeout-to-walk ratio represented a somewhat stunning reversal from Chavez's performance at American River, where he struck out 46 and walked 38 in 63 innings. He features an 88-92 mph fastball and a low-80s slider along with some funk in his delivery. Chavez told the Clarion Ledger that he was unsure whether he would sign. 15TH ROUND: CARSON FULMER, RHP, ALL SAINTS ACADEMY (FLA.), 18 YEARS OLD Fulmer has a big arm, touching the mid-90s with his fastball and also featuring a slider for a two-pitch mix that represents, at a minimum, an easily projectable bullpen arm. There's nothing quiet about his delivery, as he features a big leg kick and a max-effort delivery. He dominated in high school, not just for All Saints (for whom he had a 10-1 record and 0.27 ERA along with 169 strikeouts), but also for Team USA's Under-18 team last summer, for whom he tossed four shutout innings. He dropped due to signability given his scholarship commitment to Vanderbilt, but Fulmer remained open-minded about the college vs. Red Sox decision in this story on