The 2023 MLB Draft is underway in Seattle, and the Red Sox got some good players in the first two rounds of the draft. This article is a recap of the Red Sox’s 2023 MLB Draft, and will talk about the players they picked in the first two rounds.
Round 1 Pick 14: Kyle Teel, University of Virginia (Catcher)
Predicted to go in the first ten picks, Kyle Teel fell all the way to the Red Sox, and the Sox snagged him up. Teel was the best catcher in the ACC, and arguably one of the best in the NCAA.
Teel was this years ACC Player of the Year, and he won the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year. He had an average of .343 over his collegiate career at Virginia, and he had almost 30 home runs and almost fifty doubles, along with 155 RBI.
This was the highest selection of a catcher that the Red Sox took since 1984 when they took John Marzano at the same pick.
The Red Sox also took one of his teammates in the fifth round, LHP Connelly Early, presumably to keep their synergy.
Round 2 Pick 50: Nazzan Zanetello, Christian Brothers HS (Shortstop)
The second pick for the Sox was no slouch, as Nazzan Zanetello is one of the few five tool players in this draft. Coming out of his senior season in high school he had an average of .413 and five homers.
However, as mentioned, he is a high school player. This means it will take time for him to get through the farm. Also, the Red Sox have a shortstop prospect already, Marcelo Mayer. Mayer is the number 4 overall prospect in baseball. Which means Zanetello might have to learn a new spot.
This should not be a problem, however, as Zanetello’s speed allows him to be versatile. He could also play in centerfield, or at second.
Also, Zanetello is committed to Arkansas at the moment. This means he has until August 1 to sign a contract with the Sox. Since he was taken in the second round, it is doubtful he would turn down a contract.
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