Red Sox go Local With 11th-Round Selection

With the 347th pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, the Red Sox selected their sixth pitcher by drafting right-handed firearm Sebastian Keane.

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With the 347th pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, the Red Sox selected their sixth pitcher by drafting right-handed firearm Sebastian Keane out of North Andover High School.

Don’t let that slender frame fool you. The 6-foot-3 Massachusetts native has a fastball that sits anywhere in the 87-93 MPH range, but scouts believe he has a chance to add muscle to his 165-pound body in order to potentially add more velocity in the future.

Keane was already committed to Northeastern University when his senior season began, but that didn’t stop scouts from attending each and every one of his practices and starts throughout the Scarlet Knights’ season. It remains to be seen whether he signs with the Red Sox or elects to play college ball.

“There were 75 scouts there and they all had radar guns,” Keane said in an interview with the Boston Herald’s Danny Ventura. “When you see them there, you want to throw as hard as you can, but you have to stay within yourself.”

The right-hander possesses all of the tools necessary to be a big league pitcher in the future, despite having a changeup described as a “work-in-progress” and a breaking ball that has been described as “slurvey.” Sometimes it breaks like a curveball, other times like a slider.

MLB.com projects that if all goes according to plan, Keane can be a middle of the rotation starter when he hits his peak at the MLB level.

In layman’s terms: Keane is a project, but Red Sox fans should be excited at the potential this kid has should he decide to forgo his commitment to Northeastern to sign with his hometown Red Sox.