The Future is Bright in Boston Despite Not Landing Jack Leiter


The Red Sox and Jack Leiter had mutual interest.  Unfortunately the Texas Rangers had other plans and disrupted the potential union in Boston.  The Rangers selected the Vanderbilt ace second overall in the Major League Baseball Draft. 

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Leiter and his camp wanted to be selected by Boston.  According to draft expert and insider Eric Longenhagen and FanGraphs’ Kevin Goldstein, Leiter was potentially trying to make a play to fall to Boston. 

“Both parties – being that the Leiter camp, his father (former MLB pitcher Al Leiter) is very involved as is his agent as is the Boston Red Sox are working their best to let’s just say steer Mr. Leiter to the fourth pick and have Boston take him,” said Goldstein on the Chin Music podcast.

The possibility of leveraging a larger payday with the Red Sox didn’t scare off the Rangers. 

With the selection of Leiter, the Rangers added one of the top pitchers in the draft.  He was 11-4 with with a 2.13 ERA and struck out 179 in 110 innings last season.  Leiter could earn up to $7,789,900 with the second pick. 

Rangers general manager Chris Young had targeted Leiter for a while.  When they heard Henry Davis was going first overall, Young was ready to pounce on his future fixture in his rotation. 

“Jack is someone we zeroed in on for a while,” Young said. 

“He was the best pitcher in college baseball in our opinion.  He fits everything we are looking for, he embodies everything we want in terms of culture.  Comes from a great family.  It’s a great night for our organization and a great night for the Leiter family.”

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The Rangers fully expect to sign Leiter.  “We wouldn’t have taken him if we didn’t,” Young said. 

The Rangers landed their man, and in the process disappointed many Red Sox fans.  Boston instead would land short stop Marcelo Mayer fourth overall.  

Mayer has tremendous upside and many people think he’s the best player in the draft this year. 

The Athletic’s Keith Law gave his scouting report on the Red Sox newest prospect.

“Mayer is a left-handed hitting shortstop who doesn’t have the pure upside of Jordan Lawlar, but may be a more advanced hitter for his age.  He has a great swing with good balance and the potential for plus power, and he’s a potential 60 defender at short as well. 

Leiter was the fan consensus pick, however the Red Sox did land the top overall player in this year’s class.  The future is bright in Boston, without Leiter. 

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Boston Sports Syndicate: The Future is Bright in Boston Despite Not Landing Jack Leiter
The Future is Bright in Boston Despite Not Landing Jack Leiter
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