Red Sox select University of Washington C Austin Rei in third round of MLB draft

Ryan Hannable
June 09, 2015 - 9:23 am

After not having a second round pick, the Red Sox made their first selection since the No. 7 overall pick in the draft with the sixth pick in the third round, No. 81 overall. With that pick the Red Sox selected University of Washington junior catcher Austin Rei. He was named the fourth-best catcher in the draft, according to He was limited to 25 games his past season after suffering a UCL injury in his left thumb on Feb. 19. Rei throws and bats from the right side and was selected by the Twins in the 37th round of the 2012 draft, but didn't sign. As a junior at Washington, he hit .330 with seven homers and 20 RBIs, earning All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention following the injury, this after being named All-Pac-12 as a sophomore. For more draft and Red Sox news, visit