After taking a quick look at some of the pitchers that the Sox may be targeting for the #47 pick, it’s time to take a look at the hitters who could be selected in that range.
Jackie Bradley, Jr., OF, South Carolina:
Stock took a big hit with poor 2011 production and was then shut down with a wrist injury. CWS most outstanding player last year. Plus defense and arm. Scouts mixed on hitting ability. Major wildcard.
Kes Carter, OF, Western Kentucky:
Carter is a good athlete who flashes all five tools, though speed may be his only above average tool.
Alex Dickerson, OF, Indiana:
Good hitter with the potential to hit for plus average and power. Below average runner with fringe-average arm and defense. May wind up a 1B/DH.
Jason Esposito, 3B, Vanderbilt:
Very strong defender at 3B with a plus arm and above average speed. Mixed opinions on offensive ability. Walk rate dropped dramatically this year.
Brian Goodwin, OF, Miami-Dade JC:
Previously selected by the Sox in 2009 (17th round). An athletic outfielder with average or better tools across the board. Potential for plus power. A suspension at UNC led to his transfer to Miami-Dade.
Brad Miller, SS, Clemson:
Very patient hitter with solid contact ability. May need to move to 2B. Hard worker with plus makeup. Average at best power.
Ricky Oropesa, 1B/3B, USC:
Former two-way player with plus power and plus-plus arm. Swing can get long making him susceptible to the strikeout. Struggles vs. lefties.
Joe Panik, SS, St. John’s:
Great approach at the plate. Lots of patience and discipline to project him as a top of the order hitter. May have to shift to 2B. Well below average power.
Andrew Susac, C, Oregon State:
Not the strongest defensive catcher but he projects to stick at the position and has an above average arm and good pop. Weak college catching class could see him taken long before the Sox pick, but you never know.
Aaron Westlake, 1B, Vanderbilt:
Big, strong, 6-4, 230 first baseman with good power and a willingness to take a walk. Will need to keep an eye on the strikeouts.