Red Sox select Cardinals manager Mike Matheny's son, Tate in fourth round of MLB draft

Ryan Hannable
June 09, 2015 - 10:08 am
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After selecting University of Arkansas outfielder Andrew Benintendi in the first round and University of Washington catcher Austin Rei in the third round, the Red Sox took Missouri State center fielder Tate Matheny in the fourth round with pick No. 111 overall. He is Cardinals' manager Mike Matheny's son and was selected by the Cardinals in 2012 in the 23rd round, but didn't sign. It is the first time the Red Sox have selected college players with their first three picks since 2012 when they took Deven Marrero, Pat Light and Brian Johnson. MLB.com tabbed Matheny as the 103rd best prospect in the draft. They say: "Because he lacks a true plus tool, some scouts see him as a tweener or fourth outfielder, but his proponents believe he can become a big league regular." Matheny hit .291 with an on-base percentage of .417 in 61 games this season as a junior. Ironically, Benintendi's Arkansas team knocked Matheny's Missouri State team out of the NCAA Tournament this week. For more Red Sox news, visit weei.com/redsox.