Red Sox Select IF Casas In First Round, OF Decker In Second Round of 2018 MLB Draft
Boston Red Sox Press Release
BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox selected third baseman Triston Casas out of American Heritage High School in Plantation, FL, with their first-round pick (26th overall) in the 2018 June Draft Monday night. The club also selected outfielder Nick Decker out of Seneca High School in Tabernacle, NJ, in the second round (64th overall).
Red Sox Vice President of Amateur Scouting Mike Rikard made the announcement.
Casas, 18, was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 25 prospect available in this year’s draft. The left-handed hitter played 29 games for American Heritage this season, batting .385 (30-for-78) with a .545 on-base percentage, an .884 slugging percentage, seven home runs, six doubles, six triples, 31 runs scored, and 35 RBI. He also threw 10.0 innings without allowing an earned run this spring, striking out 21 of 37 batters faced and allowing just three hits and three walks. In his junior season with the Patriots in 2017, the native of Pembroke Pines, FL, hit .446 (33-for-74) with a .559 on-base percentage and a .702 slugging percentage in 24 games.
A three-time gold medalist with USA Baseball, Casas was given the organization’s 2017 Richard W. “Dick” Case Award, presented annually to the program’s top player. He led the national U-18 team to its fourth consecutive world championship title in 2017, earning tournament MVP honors with three home runs and 13 RBI, both leading the tournament field. The World Baseball Softball Confederation also recognized Casas as its Player of the Year.
Decker, 18, was named the 2018 Gatorade New Jersey Baseball Player of the Year, becoming the first player in Seneca High School’s history to receive the honor. The left-handed hitting outfielder is batting .492 (29-for-59) with five doubles, two triples, seven home runs, and 24 RBI in 2018. He threw 6.0 scoreless innings in the South Jersey Group 3 championship on Friday, his first start of the season, as Seneca secured its first title in seven years. Decker and Seneca will face Central 3 champion Allentown on Tuesday, June 5, in the state semifinals.
Please see the attached list for the top Red Sox draft picks from 1965-2018.