Red Sox director of amateur scouting Devin Pearson walked into draft night armed with the 14th pick in this year's MLB grab-bag. He walked out with the 7th ranked player in the 2023 amateur baseball draft. Take a bow sir, in fact make a curtain call. Oh who was that 7th ranked player? Why it was Virginia catcher Kyle Teel. while many including yours truly thought the sox would stick with their leanings towards high school middle infielders like they had in the past three drafts. ( Nick York 2b , Marcelo Mayer SS , Ricky Romero SS, All HS kids out of California.) This year they chose to grab an almost grown ass man who actually has to shave a few times a week. okay a month.
He started his college career in 2021 by helping UVA get to its first college World Series in more than half a decade. He ended that year being named a Freshman All-American by D1baseball.com. Not too shabby. And his prowess only grew as his time at Virginia passed. At the end of his Jr season he was named a first team all American by six different baseball publications, ACC player of the year, and both the Johnny Bench and Buster Posey National Colligate Catcher of the year. This was a gift from the baseball gods Chaim Bloom didn't deserve.
Kyle Teel has a plus plus glove ( he made 3 errors in 65 games this season) a plus arm (catching 15 of 24 base swipers ) and an A plus plus bat, and is the best framer in the country. In his final season he batted .407 with 13 home runs and 65 RBI. GOT DAMN , sorry i said it so i have to type it. Thems the rules. But let's digress. In 175 games at UVA Teel drove in (170) runs, he smacked (48) doubles and (28) home runs. A slash line of .343/.433/.547 while squatting 3 years for the Cavaliers. Bravo Red Sox Bravo Devin Pearson. Welcome to Boston Mr. Teel
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