C.J. Cron and Blake Swihart are the projected picks of the Boston Red Sox in the final 2011 MLB mock draft from Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus, with Cron going to the Red Sox at No. 19 overall and Swihart being taken with the No. 26 pick.
Cron, a first baseman from Utah, hit .434 with 15 home run and 59 RBI this season, yet is classified as a safe pick by Goldstein for the Red Sox.
19. Boston Red Sox: C.J. Cron, 1B, Utah. The Red Sox tend to be one of the most aggressive teams in any draft, but often play it straight in the first round. Cron is rumored to go as early as #10, and fits the Boston system's need for a bopper. If they think Blake Swihart, Josh Bell, or Brandon Nimmo won't be around at #26, the Sox could jump them here. Last Mock: Alex Meyer.
Swihart is a catcher from Cleveland High in New Mexico, and would help the organization pad its depth behind the plate.
26. Boston Red Sox: Blake Swihart, C, Cleveland HS (NM). Boston's aggressiveness might have to start earlier than expected with some of the uncertainty concerning the big-money players. If they can't get a good feel on Swihart's cost, they also like the other big high school catcher, Austin Hedges. Last Mock: Blake Swihart.