Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 6/4/13
The MLB draft starts on Thursday, so we're in the thick of mock draft season. ESPN Insider Keith Law is on his "3.0" mock draft, and will probably get up to 14.5 before things kick off. Thanks to Bobby Valentine and that garbage team from last year, the Red Sox own the 7th pick, their highest in years. The current projection by Law? Not one of confidence: His only comment is that the Red Sox are "still wide open", and he mentions six possible players in the spot. For now, he's going with University of Arkansas RHP Ryne Stanek. Stanek is 6'4", 190, and projects to a ceiling of a no. 2 starter. Part of Stanek's scouting report, also via ESPN: Stanek came into the year as a potential top-five pick, one of the three major college arms in the class along with Appel and Manaea, but a very inconsistent spring has dropped him out of that group and perhaps to the back half of the first round. Stanek will sit 92-96 most outings but has below-average command of the pitch, often getting on the side of the ball and leaving it up and flat for hitters to square up. He's been throwing two breaking balls this season, however they tend to run into each other; the power curveball is probably ahead of the hard but often flat slider, although Arkansas' coaches call the slider far too often, and almost never have Stanek throwing inside.
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