Boston Red Sox Rule 5 Draft Pick Recap, Two Plucked From the Yankees

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The Boston Red Sox made three selections in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday, adding more depth to their minor league system.  

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The Red Sox would select former Yankees prospect with their fourth pick, right-handed pitcher Garrett Whitlock.  The 6-foot-5, 190-pounder posted a 3.07 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and .265 batting average against in 14 starts at Double-A Trenton in 2019.  He struck out 57 and walked 18 in 70 ⅓ innings. 


His last start came almost 17 months ago at Double-A Trenton.  He’s posted a 2.41 earned-run average through 42 career appearances, and only four of them have come out of the bullpen in New York's system.

Whitlock is a promising young pitcher who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.  There has been some chatter within the Yankees organization on whether Whitlock could be ready for the start of the 2021 season.  The Red Sox vice president of professional scouting Gus Quattlebaum likes Whitlock's progress and thinks he could compete for a spot in the rotation. 


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“We’re really excited to land someone that we think has upside as a potential starter or, at a minimum, can assume some volume in a role either out of the ‘pen or as a starter,” Quattlebaum told reporters following the Rule 5 Draft.  “We’re really excited to land him.”

Whitlock is a sinker ball pitcher who can hit the mid 90's, also offers a slider and a changeup in his arsenal.  The long term look for Whitlock is a back-end of the rotation starter, which is where the Red Sox will give him an opportunity this spring.  As Whitlock comes back from Tommy John and begins to establish himself in the majors, the Red Sox could better utilize him as a multi-innings reliever.

The Red Sox made two other selections in the Rule 5 Draft and added two minor leaguers to their system.  In the minor-league portion of the Rule 5 Draft, teams can select players from other teams and not have to place them on their 40-man roster.  Any players selected in the minor-league portion only cost money once they're selected and immediately belong to their new organization. 

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The second selection made was for Texas Rangers minor leaguer first baseman Tyreque Reed. 

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His last start came almost 17 months ago at Double-A Trenton.  He’s posted a 2.41 earned-run average through 42 career appearances, and only four of them have come out of the bullpen in New York's system. 

Whitlock is a promising young pitcher who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.  There has been some chatter within the Yankees organization on whether Whitlock could be ready for the start of the 2021 season.  The Red Sox vice president of professional scouting Gus Quattlebaum likes Whitlock's progress and thinks he could compete for a spot in the rotation. 

Reed is a power prospect who hit .270/.365/.487 with 18 homers in 422 plate appearances in 2019 between A-Ball, High-A and in Rookie ball.  The Red Sox have a power hitting first base prospect in their system in Tristan Casas, Reed provides additional depth. 

They also selected a second player from the Yankees organization in right-handed reliever Kaleb Ort.  The 28-year-old reliever projects only as a relief option for the Red Sox.  In 2019, the soon-to-be 29-year-old threw 50 1/3 innings between A-Ball, Double-A and Triple-A, pitching to a 3.40 ERA with 78 strikeouts and 28 walks.  Out will give the Red Sox another bullpen option who could start next season at Triple-A. 

Both Reed and Ort only cost the Red Sox about $24k each to draft them.  The small cost of these players gives Boston more depth and upside at a relatively cheap cost. 


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