Red Sox use sixth-round pick on junior college center fielder Danny Mars

June 06, 2014 - 12:14 pm

With their sixth-round pick (No. 194 overall), the Red Sox selected switch-hitting outfielder Danny Mars, a 20-year-old from Chipola College. Mars hit .380/.460/.584 with four homers and 25 steals in 2014. Evidently, he's a soccer fan, as he cites Neymar as his favorite athlete. He is slated to transfer to Florida State for his junior year if he does not sign with the Sox: Here is the Baseball America scouting report on Mars: "After an injury-riddled first year at Chipola, Mars has emerged on a talented team that as usual should contribute several players to the draft. Scouts like the way Mars plays the game. The switch-hitter should be able to produce a good average with a line-drive stroke that is quick to the ball, and he batted .380/.460/.584 this year. His below-average power is mostly to the gaps and he shows on-base ability with walks in 15 percent of his plate appearances versus strikeouts in 10 percent. Mars is a plus runner who gets out of the box well. While he has the ability to play center field, he is not a plus defender. The 20-year-old has a below-average arm and his power doesn't profile in a corner, but he has the versatility and athleticism to play all three outfield spots."