Alex Meyer and Chris Reed are projected to the Boston Red Sox in Keith Law's final 2011 MLB Mock Draft, with Meyer going No. 19 overall and Reed being taken at No. 26 overall by the Red Sox in Monday night's draft.
Meyer, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Kentucky, was 6-7 with a 6.34 career ERA and 143 strikeouts in his first two seasons at Kentucky. Here are Laws thoughts on the pick.
I don't think they'll break the bank on this pick but will do as they did last year with Kolbrin Vitek, taking a higher-probability player first and spending later. That could be Gray, Jed Bradley, or Mahtook if any should get here.
As for Reed, a left-handed pitcher from Stanford, he posted a 6-2 record with a 2.54 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 49.2 innings with the Cardinal. Law's thoughts on Reed to the Red Sox are below.
Again they're open to any quality player who falls, mostly college, but won't go way above MLB's recommended bonus this early. Have heard the Josh Bell rumors are overheated. I think they look at Blake Swihart, Nimmo, or Hedges (if available) in the sandwich round or later, but most likely take some slightly lower-profile high school players and pay them over slot.
Law projects that Gerrit Cole, a right-handed pitcher from UCLA, will be selected first overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates. With the second overall pick, Law has the Seattle Mariners drafting Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon.