Meet the Red Sox’ 2014 draft picks

Jake Cosart is the younger brother of Astros pitcher Jarred Cosart.
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Jake Cosart is the younger brother of Astros pitcher Jarred Cosart.

The Red Sox selected 40 in the Major League Baseball amateur draft last week. Here’s a look at each of the players chosen.

 Michael Chavis, INF

School: Sprayberry High School (Marietta, Ga.)

Pick: 26


Chavis played shortstop for the Yellow Jackets, but is projected to play third base or second base in the pros. During his senior season, he belted 13 home runs and recorded a .557 batting average. He will play college ball at Clemson.

 Michael Kopech, RHP

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School: Mount Pleasant (Texas) High School

Pick: 33

Kopech is an Arizona commit who went 3-0 with a 0.44 ERA in 11 appearances in his senior season. He recorded 129 strikeouts in 64 innings.

 Sam Travis, 1B

School: Indiana University


Pick: 67

 A junior with the Hooosiers this season, Travis had 12 home runs and 58 RBIs while compiling a .347 average. The righthanded batter stands 6 feet and weighs 210 pounds.

 Jake Cosart, RHP

School: Seminole State (Sanford, Fla.)

Pick: 103

Younger brother of Houston Astros RHP Jarred Cosart, Edward has shined at Seminole State. This season, he was second on the team in wins with five and posted 67 strikeouts in 64 innings. He has an ERA of 5.34 over 13 appearances.

 Kevin McAvoy, RHP


School: Bryant University

Pick: 134

McAvoy tied for second at Bryant with nine wins. The Syracuse, N.Y., native threw four complete games and recorded 94 strikeouts in 99 innings, compiling a 2.62 ERA.

 Josh Ockimey, 1B

School: Neumann-Goretti High School (Philadelphia)

Pick: 164

Ockimey is committed to Indiana and had a private workout with the Sox last fall. He stands 6 feet 3 inches and weighs 215 pounds. He was previously committed to Arkansas, but decided to decommit because of “coaching and recruiting changes,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

 Danny Mars, CF

School: Chipola College (Florida)

Pick: 194

A switch hitter who batted .380 in his sophomore season, he had four home runs and 35 RBIs, plus 25 stolen bases.

 Reed Reilly, RHP

School: Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (California)

Pick: 224

The 6-4, 220-pound righty was drafted by Baltimore in the 18th round in 2013. Was team’s closer as a junior. Can hit 95 on the radar gun.

 Ben Moore, C

School: Alabama

Pick: 254

Moore, a 6-1, 195-pounder who played right field in his junior season in 2014, was drafted as a catcher. He hit .305 this season and led his team in home runs (9) and RBIs (39).

 Kevin Steen, RHP

School: Oak Ridge High (Tennessee)

Pick: 284

Steen, who is 6-1, 170, committed to play at the University of Tennessee in August of 2013. He had a 2.16 ERA in nine games as a high school senior and struck out 48 in 39.1 innings.

 Cole Sturgeon, OF

School: Louisville

Pick: 314

Sturgeon, a 6-0, 180-pound lefthanded batter and thrower, led Louisville with a .324 average and stole 18 bases in 23 attempts this season. He hit two home runs and drove in 31 runs. He also had a 2.06 ERA in 24 pitching appearances in 2014.

Karsten Whitson had a 3.86 ERA in 2014.
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Karsten Whitson had a 3.86 ERA in 2014.

Karsten Whitson, RHP

School: University of Florida

Pick: 344

A medical redshirt for the 2013 season, the 6-4, 220-pound righthander appeared in 14 games in 2014 and went 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA. In 10 starts as a sophomore, Whitson posted a 4-0 record with a 3.51 ERA, racking up 20 strikeouts in 33.1 innings. Can reach 96 with fastball.

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Jalen Beeks had a 1.98 ERA in 2014.

Jalen Beeks, LHP

School: University of Arkansas

Pick: 374

A sore elbow forced the 5-11, 180-pound southpaw to miss starts this season, including the SEC tournament, but when healthy, Beeks can throw strikes and keep batters guessing with his fastball, slider and changeup. Went 6-4 in 13 starts in 2014 (81.2 innings) and had 1.98 ERA. Made 29 relief appearances for the Razorbacks in 2013, earning two saves and a 6-2 record.

Chandler Shepherd, RHP

School: University of Kentucky

Pick: 404

Shepherd went 5-5 in 16 appearances (9 starts) in 2014. He was the Wildcats’ leading reliever in 2013 with a 2.77 ERA and a 5-0 record in 26 games. The versatile righty hits the low 90s with his fastball and can throw an effective breaking ball and changeup. A Cape League All-Star, Shepherd stands 6-2 and weighs 185 pounds.

Jordan Procyshen, C

School: Northern Kentucky University

Pick: 434

In his first season after transferring from Northeastern Junior College, Procyshen led the Norse with 10 home runs in 2014. The lefty finished with a .276 batting average, 11 doubles and one triple. A former member of the Canadian Junior National team, the 6 foot, 210-pound backstop played every game for Northern Kentucky this season.

Trenton Kemp, CF

School: Buchanan High School (Clovis, Calif.)

Pick: 464

The 6-2, 195-pound righty has raw power and speed. A two-sport athlete at Buchanan, Kemp also played wide receiver in football.

Michael Gunn, LHP

School: University of Arkansas

Pick: 494

A junior at Arkansas this season, Gunn posted a 4-2 record and a 0.74 ERA in 36.2 innings. The lefty recorded 35 strikeouts and walked 16. Gunn is 6 feet, 205 pounds.

Michael Gunn went 4-2 at Arkansas this season.
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Michael Gunn went 4-2 at Arkansas this season.

Jeremy Rivera, SS

School: El Paso Community College (Texas)

Pick: 524

A switch hitter from Puerto Rico, Rivera (5-9, 150) played in 48 games this season. He batted .383 with 27 RBIs and 23 stolen bases.

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Jordan Betts played 51 games at third for Duke in 2014.

Jordan Betts, 3B

School: Duke University

Pick: 554

Betts (6-3, 220) started all 51 of Duke’s games in 2014 at third base. He finished 15th in the ACC with a .318 batting average. He was second in the conference with 20 doubles and sixth in slugging percentage with a .515 mark.

Tyler Hill, CF

School: Delaware Military Academy (Wilmington, Del.)

Pick: 584

A projected five-tool player, the 6-foot, 195-pound righty had a .432 batting average with six home runs, 29 RBIs and 18 stolen bases in his senior season at Delaware Military Academy. Hill was a catcher at the start of his high school career before switching to the outfield after signing with Wilmington University.

Devon Fisher, C

School: Western Branch High School (Portsmouth, Va.)

Pick: 614

Fisher is a solid defensive catcher. The 6-foot, 215-pounder has committed to the University of Virginia.

Ian Rice, C

School: Chipola College (Florida)

Pick: 644

Rice (6-1, 185) played in 47 games this season for Chipola, hitting .331 with 10 home runs and 51 RBIs.

J.J. Matijevic, SS

School: Norwin High School (North Huntington, Penn.)

Pick: 674

As a senior in 2014, Matijevic won the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League’s triple crown with a .567 batting average, 10 home runs and 37 RBIs. The 5-11, 211-pound left-handed hitter is a University of Arizona commit and can play multiple infield positions.

Derek Miller, CF

School: University of Texas-Arlington

Pick: 704

Miller (6-2, 180) played all 58 games as a junior for UT-Arlington this season, batting .304 with 75 hits, 15 doubles, 30 RBIs and six stolen bases.

Francisco Tellez, 1B

School: University of California-Riverside

Pick: 734

The lefthanded hitter started all 54 games for the Highlanders this season, recording a .319 batting average and 13 doubles, one triple, three home runs, and a team-leading 45 RBIs. The 5-11, 217-pounder was 4 for 5 on stolen base attempts.

Gabe Klobosits, RHP

School: Galveston College

Pick: 764

The 6-7, 270-pound righty made 16 appearances for Galveston in 2014, going 6-0 with a 1.65 ERA. He struck out 32 in 27.1 innings.

Ryan Harris made 27 appearances for Florida in 2014.
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Ryan Harris made 27 appearances for Florida in 2014.

Ryan Harris, RHP

School: University of Florida

Pick: 794

In 27 games for the Gators in his junior season, Harris was 3-2 with five saves and a 3.00 ERA in 2014. As a sophomore, the 6-2, 205-pound righty led Florida with 37 appearances and recorded a team-high five wins. Consistently reaches 93 with the fastball.

Taylor Nunez, RHP

School: Southern Mississippi University

Pick: 824

The 6-4, 185-pound righthander went 0-2 in 2014 with an 8.79 ERA. Nunez redshirted his sophomore year following an arm injury, but started five games as a freshman, going 1-3 with a 4.74 ERA.

David Peterson, LHP

School: Regis Jesuit High School (Aurora, Colo.)

Pick: 854

A 6-6, 215-pound lefthander, Peterson can hit up to 93 with fastball. Despite missing much of his senior season with a broken leg, Peterson was named to the 2014 Perfect Game All-American West All Region First Team.

Josh Pennington, RHP

School: Lower Cape May Regional High School (Cape May, N.J.)

Pick: 884

Pennington will have Tommy John surgery this summer after tearing his ulnar collateral ligament while warming up before a game in April. The 6-foot, 175-pounder has a scholarship offer from St. John’s University.

Jeren Kendall, CF

School: Holman High School (Holman, Wis.)

Pick: 914

Projected as one of the fastest in this year’s draft, the 5-10, 170-pound lefthanded hitter makes up for a lack of power with his ability on basepaths. The Vanderbilt commit also puts his speed to work in center field, where he is a solid defender with a great arm.

Alex McKeon, C

School: Texas A&M International University

Pick: 944

McKeon (6-2, 200) led the Dustdevils with a .354 batting average this season and had 57 hits, 15 doubles, one triple, and three home runs. The Northeastern University transfer also went 5 for 5 on stolen base attempts.

Case Rolen, RHP

School: Sherman High School (Sherman, Fla.)

Pick: 974

A 2014 Texas All Region First Teamer, the 6-2, 200-pound righty has committed to Dallas Baptist University. Rolen also played football at Sherman.

Luis Alvarado, RF

School: Puerto Rico Baseball Academy (Salinas, Puerto Rico)

Pick: 1004

Named to the 2014 Canada/Puerto Rico All Region 1st Team and the 2013 Underclass 2nd Team by Perfect Game. Alvarado is 6-5, 185.

Kuehl McEachern, RHP

School: Flagler College

Pick: 1034

The first Flagler player ever to be drafted by the Red Sox, McEachern (6-4, 194) made 20 appearances as a junior this season. He earned one save and a 2-3 record while striking out 24 in 23 innings.

Ross Puskarich, 3B

School: Liberty High School (Bakersfield, Calif.)

Pick: 1064

Puskarich, a senior, hit .459 for Liberty this season. He hit six home runs and had 33 RBIs. The 6-1, 210-pounder committed to the University of San Francisco.

Bradley Wilpon, RHP

School: The Brunswick School (Greenwich, Conn.)

Pick: 1094

The son of Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, the 5-10, 175-pound righty pitched for Brunswick for four years. He was one of the team captains in 2014 and had a 5-1 record. Wilpon is committed to the University of Pennsylvania.

Hector Lorenzana, SS

School: University of Oklahoma

Pick: 1124

A reliable infielder, Lorenzana (5-11, 190) started all 57 games for the Sooners this season as a senior and started all 64 games at second base in 2013. He finished this year with a .272 batting average, 55 hits, six doubles, one home run and 26 RBIs.

Brandon Show, RHP

School: University of San Diego

Pick: 1154

2014 was Show’s only season with the Toreros. He went 1-0 in 17 appearances while striking out 29 over 26.2 innings. He is 6-2, 180.

Mike Gretler, SS

School: Bonney Lake High School (Bonney Lake, Wash.)

Pick: 1184

An Oregon State commit, Gretler (6-2, 180) is a power hitter with a strong arm. He batted .395 for Bonney Lake in 2014 with 11 doubles and 27 RBIs.

Joseph Winterburn, C

School: University of La Verne (California)

Pick: 1214

Winterburn led the Leopards in 2014 with 57 hits and 54 RBIs. The 6-1, 200-pound senior finished second on the team with a .350 batting average and had 13 doubles, one triple, seven home runs and five stolen bases.

Alex Hall, Emily McCarthy and Matt Pepin contributed to this report.