The sheer volume of the MLB Draft can be overwhelming — 1,217 players were taken in this year’s draft, 40 by the Boston Red Sox — so we understand if your eyes glaze over.
But a closer look at Boston’s 2019 draft class (full list here) reveals some pretty fascinating prospects.
Chances are you’ve read about fourth-round pick Noah Song, a highly-touted pitcher out of Navy who is putting his MLB dream on hold to attend Naval flight officer training.
But did you know the Red Sox drafted not one but two Division I college quarterbacks?
Feleipe Franks, RHP, 31st round
Franks isn’t just any college QB … he’s the starting signal-caller for the Florida Gators, who went 10-3 in 2018 and won the Peach Bowl. The 6-foot-6 gunslinger threw 24 touchdown passes in 13 games this past season and posted a 143.4 passer rating.
Unfortunately for Red Sox fans, it appears Franks will continue his football career in Gainesville for now.
Caleb Hill, LHP, 36th round
Hill has a slightly lower profile: He began as a QB for the University of Montana and moved to tight end for his senior season. The Red Sox actually were the only MLB team to reach out to Hill, as they hope his athleticism can translate from the gridiron to the diamond.
Boston also picked up a pair of local stars — one of which has a pretty good bloodline.
Sebastian Keane, RHP, 11th round
Keane was a senior at North Andover (Mass.) this past season and absolutely dominated, posting a 9-1 record and .027 ERA to become the first player in school history to win Gatorade Massachusetts Player of the Year.
The right-hander is committed to Northeastern next year, so he’ll be staying close to home — and could get the chance to pitch against the Red Sox in spring training next year.
Ryan Berardino, 1B, 34th round
Berardino is the grandson of Red Sox Hall of Famer Dwight Evans, who won eight Gold Gloves over nearly two decades in Boston. His other grandfather, Dick Berardino, currently works for the Red Sox as a player development consultant, so it’s safe to say Berardino has close Boston ties.
Berardino hails from Sudbury, Mass., and attended local Bentley University, where he hit .355 as a junior this past season.
Whether any of these players reach the bigs remains to be seen, but with a player pool as deep as the MLB Draft, there are plenty of cool storylines — and mustaches — to go around.
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