The Boston Red Sox selected University of Florida relief pitcher Austin Maddox with the 118th pick in the third round of the MLB Draft on Tuesday.
The full scouting report for Maddox, a 6'4, 230-pound lefty, follows courtesy of MLB.com's Draft Tracker:
A former two-way standout, Maddox's hitting days will be over soon as it's clear his future is on the mound as a reliever. Florida's closer has an above-average fastball that he can dial up to plus, hitting 93 mph consistently. It has above-average sink when down in the zone and run/bore when it's up. Maddox's breaking ball is slurvy, but is a tick above-average at times. He does have a changeup, but it's below-average and it's easy to see it being shelved at the next level. He throws strikes, more control than command, and has the kind of mentality to pitch at the back end of the bullpen. Maddox began his Florida career only hitting, so it's been a full transformation to a guy who will be pitching only as professional. He has the chance to pitch in short relief in the big leagues in the near future.
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