Red Sox Select UConn Pitcher as Top Pick

Red Sox pick UConn right-hander Barnes

      BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Red Sox selected University of
Connecticut right-handed pitcher Matt Barnes with the 19th pick in
the first round of the major league baseball draft Monday night.
      Barnes, a native of Bethel, Conn., was taken with the pick the
Red Sox received as compensation from the Detroit Tigers for
signing catcher Victor Martinez as a free agent.
      With their second pick, at No. 26 overall, the Red Sox selected
switch-hitting high school catcher Blake Swihart, from New Mexico.
He has committed to the University of Texas.
      The Red Sox received the pick from the Texas Rangers for signing
free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre.
      Boston also picked Henry Owens, a left-handed pitcher from
Edison High School in California, with the 36th overall pick and
outfielder Jackie Bradley from the University of South Carolina
with the 40th pick.
      
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