There were some — fans, media, opposing teams — skeptical about Ben Cherington’s offseason acquisitions, and some who thought Cherington hit it right. The ones who sided on hitting it right, take a bow because Cherington has done just that and time will tell whether he’s hit the jackpot.
The Red Sox general manager on Wednesday trotted out his first-round draft pick, 6-foot-6-inch high school lefthander Trey Ball, the seventh overall selection. It was a huge pick for the Red Sox, who were in the uncommon position of drafting high while being in first place in the American League East. Because of the pitching depth in the organization they were able to take a gamble on a high school pitcher and have the patience to wait for him to develop.