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Red Sox collect college arms early in Day 2

June 10, 2016

The Red Sox spent Day 2 of the Draft stockpiling their farm system with college arms, leading off with Florida Gators closer Shaun Anderson and continuing with durable Maryland righty starter Mike Shawaryn and Oregon closer Steve Nogosek.Along the way, they also found a power bat in Bobby Dalbec and

The Red Sox spent Day 2 of the Draft stockpiling their farm system with college arms, leading off with Florida Gators closer Shaun Anderson and continuing with durable Maryland righty starter Mike Shawaryn and Oregon closer Steve Nogosek.
Along the way, they also found a power bat in Bobby Dalbec and one of the purest hitters in college this season in Ryan Scott.
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"I feel like we got a good combination and blend of upside and also some college guys that have been proven, with a really kind of extensive track record," said Red Sox director of amateur scouting Mike Rikard. "On the high school or junior college side of it, we got some guys that we really liked, that our scouts were really convicted on, which I like, too.
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"Overall, it's been a good two days, but we still have a long ways to go, so we have to keep pecking away at it."
Day 2 of the 2016 MLB Draft consisted of Rounds 3-10. Review every Red Sox pick.
The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on at noon ET.
Here is a look at Day 2:
Round 3 (88th overall), Anderson, RHP, University of Florida
The Red Sox, trying to restock their system with power arms, took college closer Anderson with their first pick of Day 2 of the Draft. Boston took high-school lefty Jason Groome in the first round (12th overall) on Thursday night. Anderson is part of a deep Gators staff and flourished as a closer.
With a four-pitch mix, the righty might be able to start if the Red Sox determine that as a better path. Anderson got experience starting in the Cape Cod League last summer. He hits 95 mph with his fastball while also working in a curve and cutter. Anderson is known for having good control.
Three of Anderson's college teammates -- lefty A.J. Puk (sixth overall to the A's), righty Dane Dunning (29th to the Nationals) and righty Logan Shore (second round, A's) -- went before Anderson, signifying the quality of the Gators' staff. The junior is gearing up for a Super Regional matchup with Florida State on Saturday. In 33 games this season, Anderson has a 1.05 ERA and 30 saves. Opponents are hitting .195 against him.
Round 4 (118th overall), Dalbec, 3B, University of Arizona
Dalbec is a legitimate power hitter from the right side of the plate and is known for having enough strength to easily clear the fences at any ballpark. However, his hitting technique will need to improve if that's going to translate into success in professional baseball.

The junior struggled at times this season, hitting .266 for the Wildcats with six homers and 76 strikeouts in 207 at-bats.
"He's got very good raw power," said Rikard. "He's had kind of an up-and-down career, so to speak. When he's been going good, he's been pretty impressive at times. We're really excited and looking forward to getting him in and having him work with our hitting instructors to see if we can get him a little more consistent with his approach."

Dalbec, who led the Cape Cod League in home runs last summer, is currently trying to help the Wildcats win their Super Regional against Mississippi. The best-of-three series was set to begin on Friday.
Round 5 (148th overall), Shawaryn, RHP, University of Maryland
After taking high school pitching stud Groome with their first-round pick, the Red Sox went the college route with their next four picks, including Shawaryn, a solid starter in his career at Maryland.

Shawaryn is considered by many to be the best pitcher in Terrapins history. The righty has a three-quarters release, which could make him particularly tough on right-handed batters.
It will be interesting to see if Shawaryn's college nickname -- the Unicorn -- sticks with him when he turns pro. Shawaryn is known for his competitive fire and a big, strong body (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) that should hold up well and get stronger through the years.

He has a mid-90s fastball and a slider with strong action. Shawaryn will have to improve his changeup.
Shawaryn had an uneven junior year that might have been attributed in part to a heavy workload. He was drafted out of high school by the Royals in 2013.

Round 6 (178th overall), Nogosek, RHP, University of Oregon
The junior took over the closer's role for the Ducks this season but might project more as a setup man. His fastball is 93-94 mph, but his best weapon is his "Frisbee" slider. Nogosek works quickly, keeping his defenders on their toes. The righty notched a 1.11 ERA in 29 appearances while producing 16 saves, and he also pitched for Team USA last summer. Nogosek proclaims himself as a proud hunter and fisher on his Twitter bio, and he is an environmental studies major.
Round 7 (208th overall), Ryan Scott, OF, University of Arkansas, Little Rock
The first senior of the Draft taken by the Red Sox, the left-handed-hitting Scott currently leads the NCAA in batting, boasting a .435 average with 20 doubles, two triples, 12 homers and 66 RBIs over 54 games. Scott established school records in hits (187), RBIs (100), total bases (154) and smashed 44 career doubles, another school record. Left-handed hitters with pure strokes like Scott usually thrive at Fenway Park. The Arkansas native majors in management.
"Our scouts that saw him that really just fell in love with his bat and him as a kid, and we'll see what he can do," said Rikard. "Sound mechanics, hits the ball where it's pitched. He has a little pop in his joy zone there. He's just a real well-rounded hitter who uses the whole field and can drive the gaps. We're hoping he can get to some power. A lot of college guys that make good contact and control the zone can eventually grow into power as they mature as hitters and learn their swing a little more."
Round 8 (238th overall), Alan Marrero, C, International Baseball Academy, San Juan, P.R.
Marrero is considered by some to be the best amateur catcher in Puerto Rico. The 18-year-old has an above-average arm and is known for his blocking skills. Much lesser known are Marrero's offensive capabilities. Ultimately, his advancements at the plate will probably determine whether he will be good enough to work his way through the farm system.
"Edgar Perez is our scout down there, and he does a wonderful job," said Rikard. "[Marrero] was the one guy on his list he really wanted. We feel very fortunate to get him in that spot of the Draft, and he's probably more of a defensive-oriented guy. We like his defensive skills a lot. Like many of the young hitters, we'll just have to see what evolves with the bat, but we do think he's got a chance to be a really good defensive catcher."
Round 9 (268th overall), Matt McLean, OF, University of Texas, Arlington
The college senior and Texas native has a sweet swing from the left side of the plate. He hit .307 this season, but didn't homer in 58 games. The table setter had a .411 on-base percentage and stole seven bases.
Round 10 (298th overall), Santiago Espinal, SS, Miami Dade CC South
The Red Sox went with a right-handed-swinging contact hitter and solid shortstop in Espinal with their final pick of Day 2.
"We had several scouts that saw him and really like him and think he has a chance to stay at shortstop," said Rikard. "He has more of a contact-oriented approach at the plate. We do like his upside as well."

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.