Red Sox select high school outfielder, Ohio State pitcher in 5th and 6th rounds of MLB draft

June 09, 2015 - 11:57 am

The Red Sox selected Jagger Rusconi out of West Ranch High School in Santa Clarita, California in the fifth round of the 2015 MLB draft with pick No. 141. Drafted as a center fielder, the 18-year-old Valencia, California native was a shortstop for his high school team. He is committed to the University of Southern California and hit .414 with four home runs and 13 RBIs this season. Rusconi is a switch hitter who throws right-handed and is listed at 5-feet, 11 inches and 165 pounds. With their sixth-round pick, the Red Sox drafted Ohio State University right-hander Travis Lakins 171st overall. Listed at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, Lakins is a sophomore at Ohio State who went 4-4 in 15 starts this season. Lakins finished 2015 with a team-leading 84 strikeouts and a 3.75 ERA in 96 innings of work, the second-most on the team. Lakins tied for the team lead in strikeouts with 55 in his freshman campaign. He went 1-3 with a 2.75 ERA in 55 innings. He was named the Big Ten freshman of the week on March 17. Lakins is from Franklin, Ohio and was named the league player of the year twice in his baseball career at Franklin High School. He also earned all-conference honors three times for his excellence on the basketball court. For more draft and Red Sox news, check out