Potential targets for Red Sox at pick No. 17 in MLB Draft

Rob Bradford
May 13, 2020 - 11:57 am
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David Murphy. Rick Asadoorian. John Curtice.

Those are the last three players selected by the Red Sox with the 17th overall pick in the MLB Draft. 

On June 10, another name will be added to the list.

The Red Sox head into this year's draft without a second-round pick (due to the punishment from the 2018 video scandal) and with the realization that this year's event will only be five rounds. It all makes nailing their first-round selection even more important.

To get you ready, here are a few names to keep an eye on when attempting to predict which name the Red Sox will be calling when their turn comes around:

MICK ABEL, HS PITCHER

Abel figures to be one of the first high school pitchers to be chosen, with the first-round figuring to be flooded with college arms. The 6-foot-6 Oregon native -- who has the option of attending Oregon State -- has a fastball that has touched 97 mph. He is considered mature for his age both in his approach on the mound and off the field.

GARRETT CROCHET, COLLEGE PITCHER

One of the biggest wild cards in this year's draft, the Tennessee hurler stands at 6-foot-6 and boasts a fastball that has approached 100 mph. The lefty might have jumped up into the top portion of the first round if there was a college season, but instead, scouts were left with witnessing just 13 college starts. (He also responded admirably to being hit in the face with a line-drive last season.)

CHRIS MCMAHON, COLLEGE PITCHER

The University of Miami product was on fire before the 2020 season was shut down, striking out 38 in just 25 2/3 innings while boasting a 1.05 ERA. Then 6-foot-2 righty has a fastball that sits around 95 mph but has opened eyes with an above-average spin rate on his breaking stuff.

PETE CROW-ARMSTRONG, HIGH SCHOOL OUTFIELDER

Coming out of the national-renowned Harvard-Westlake program, Crow-Armstrong may be the best all-around high school prospect in the draft thanks to game that is built on athleticism. The lefty hitter is an above-average fielder and thrower while possessing a smooth stroke that should translate into more power as his body develops.

PATRICK BAILEY, COLLEGE CATCHER

The switch-hitting North Carolina State product is a prototypical big backstop, standing at 6-foot-2. Known for his defense, Bailey was somewhat of an aberration when it comes to college catchers, calling his own games instead of relying on coaches' directives.

ADDITIONAL CANDIDATES TO BE TAKEN AT NO. 17:

Tanner Burns, P, Auburn; Nick Bitsko, P, HS; Ed Howard, OF, HS; Austin Hendrick, OF, HS; Max Meyer, P, Minnesota; Carmen Mlodzinski, P, Florida State.