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Draft Day 2: Sox take HS OF Jerez No. 81

With the No. 81 pick in the MLB draft, the Red Sox selected OF Williams Jerez from Grand Street HS in Brooklyn, N.Y. Check back here for all of the Sox's Day 2 picks:

Round 2, No. 81: OF Williams Jerez, Grand Street HS, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Baseball America on Jerez: Jerez moved from the Dominican Republic with his father two years ago. He originally drew interest as a lefthander, but he has more potential as a center fielder and has generated a lot of buzz this spring after playing in Florida for Hank's Yanks, a team sponsored by Yankees owner Hank Steinbrenner. Jerez's 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame is what one scout described as "about as good a body as you could imagine." He has a wiry strong build and should add bulk as he matures. He has average raw power, with loft and leverage in his swing, which has a tendency to get long. Some scouts worry how he will fare against premium velocity, but his bat speed has improved even since March. Jerez has a plus arm and plus speed, but it doesn't play down the line because he's slow out of the batter's box. There's no consensus on Jerez: Some scouts question his background and age and don't like his bat, while others project on his raw tools and athleticism.

Round 3, No. 111: C Jordan Weems, Columbus HS (Ga.)

Baseball America: Weems has taken advantage of his bloodlines, his own improved play, the down year in Georgia and the dearth of catching to jump up draft boards. He helped lead Columbus High to a state championship in 2010, and he helped the team reach the state 3-A semifinals this season. ... Weems is tall and lanky at a listed 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, and lacks present strength. Scouts have to project his hitting ability and power because of his lack of physicality. His arm gets easy above-average grades, and he posts sub-2.0-second pop times. He's a decent receiver now who projects to be average with more strength. Weems is committed to Georgia State.

Round 4, No. 142: RHP Noe Ramirez, Cal State Fullerton

Baseball America: Ramirez was lightly recruited and undrafted out of Alhambra (Calif.) High in 2008, but he developed into a top-two-rounds candidate during three stellar seasons at Cal State Fullerton. ... Lean and wiry at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, Ramirez has gotten stronger since high school, increasing his fastball velocity from the 86-88 mph range to the 88-91 range now, peaking at 92-93 early in games. He generally commands his fastball well, but his bread-and-butter is his offspeed stuff. ... Ramirez is a fearless competitor with outstanding feel for pitching and one of the best track records in the draft. He has the stuff and makeup to become a mid- to late-rotation starter in the big leagues.

Round 5, No. 172: SS Markus Betts, John Overton HS (Tenn.)

Round 6, No. 202: LHP Miguel Pena, San Jacinto JC (Texas)

Baseball America: Lefthander Miguel Pena is essentially the same pitcher he was when the Nationals made him a surprise fifth-round pick out of high school two years ago. He's still 6-foot-2 and 160 pounds, and he still has an 88-91 mph fastball, a sharp curveball and a solid changeup. He repeats his clean delivery well, allowing him to throw strikes with ease. He won 25 games in two years at San Jacinto, though getting sent home from the Cape Cod League last summer for disciplinary reasons hurts his cause. A 13th-round pick of the Padres in 2010, he should go in roughly the same area of the 2011 draft. If he doesn't sign, he'll attend Lubbock Christian.

Round 7, No. 232: LHP Cody Kukuk, Lawrence Free State HS (Kan.)

Keith Law/Jason Churchill: Kukuk is a big, broad-shouldered lefty with arm strength and the makings of a very good breaking ball. He offers lots of projection for teams drafting after the polished high school arms are gone.

He will sit 90-93 with some heavy life on the pitch, and his curveball at 76-78 has good shape and depth when he finishes the pitch. He's doing this despite a tendency to lean forward as he drifts off the rubber and a lack of real hip rotation, so his size and strong legs are kind of going to waste. He's a player development project, but pitching coaches love to see a 6-foot-4 left-hander who's already in the low 90s walk in the door, and you can see a huge talent here if you dream on him a little.

Round 8, No. 262: CF Senquez Golson, Pascagoula HS (MS)

Keith Law/Jason Churchill: Golson is a tooled-up, fast-twitch player who's very crude on the baseball field but is attracting attention because of his outstanding athleticism. (He also plays cornerback in football and signed a letter of intent to play at Ole Miss.)

He has great bat speed, accelerating his hands very quickly from the set position, but the swing is very flat and slappy, with any power potential remaining untapped until that changes. He's a plus runner with arm strength who might learn centerfield in time but whose feel for the game (such as reads on fly balls) needs work. The history of Mississippi position players drafted (and signed) high out of high school is not pretty, from Wendell Fairley to David Renfroe to ? well, you get the picture. But Golson's broad mix of plus tools is hard enough to find that some team will look to buck history and grab that raw material.

Round 9, No. 292: 3B Travis Shaw, Kent State (OH)

Baseball America: Has the size (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) and lefthanded power that scouts want in a third baseman, plus good bloodlines. His father Jeff made two all-star teams and saved 203 games in a 12-year major league career. ... To his credit, he batted a solid .260/.378/.402 in the Cape Cod League last summer. Though Shaw has the hands and arm strength for the hot corner, he lacks quickness and agility, so he'll probably have to move to first base as a pro.

Round 10, No. 322: CF Cody Koback, Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Baseball America: Koback is more toolsy than the typical Wisconsin position prospect. The 6-foot, 185-pounder has well above-average speed, though he's still learning to make the most of it on the bases and in center field. He makes consistent contact and has gap power from the right side of the plate, and his arm is solid.

Round 11, No. 352: LHP Kevin Brahney, Chico State (Calif.)

Round 12, No. 382: RHP Deshorn Lake, Menchville HS, Newport News (Vir.)

Round 13, No. 412: RHP Matthew Ott, LSU

Round 14, No. 442: RHP Michael McCarthy, Cal State-Bakersfield

15th Round: Braden Kapteyn, 1B, Kentucky

16th Round: Daniel Gossett, RHP, James F. Byrnes HS (SC)

17th Round: Blake Forslund, RHP, Liberty

18th Round: Andrew Jones, RHP, Samford

19th Round: Sikes Orvis, 1B, Freedom HS (FL)

20th Round: Zach Good, LHP, Grayson County College

21st Round: Austin Davidson, IF, Oxnard HS (CA)

22nd Round: Joe Holtmeyer, RHP, Nebraska-Omaha

23rd Round: Jarrett Brown, LHP, Salem HS (GA)

24th Round: Drew Turocy, CF, Akron

25th Round: Taylor Ard, 1B, Washington State

26th Round: Cody Dill, RHP, Los Osos HS (CA)

27th Round: Alex Massey, RHP, Catholic HS (LA)

28th Round: Brenden Shepard, RHP, Stonehill

29th Round: Matt Spalding, RHP, St. Xavier HS (KY)

30th Round: Nick Moore, 3B, Brookwood HS (GA)