Tanner Houck goes #24 to the Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox chose Mizzou RHP Tanner Houck with the 24th overall pick in the first round.
Houck's draft position is valued at $2.6 million. From our friends at OverTheMonster:
The MLB draft officially got underway tonight, and the Red Sox finally got on the clock to make their pick. That pick ended up being Tanner Houck, a right-handed pitcher out of the University of Missouri.
Houck makes it two years in a row in which the Red Sox have gone with a pitcher with their first pick, although last year was one of the high school variety in Jason Groome. This year’s pick is a big righty — listed at 6’5", 220 pounds — has had big success in the SEC over his collegiate career. He fits the bill as a prototypical Dave Dombrowski pick as a big right-handed power arm.
There are questions about whether or not he can stick in the rotation, but the stuff is certainly there for Houck to be a major-league pitcher in some capacity. This past season, he pitched to a 3.33 ERA in 94 2⁄3 innings with 95 strikeouts and 24 walks.
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