With the Red Sox picking at No. 4 in the 2021 MLB Draft, it's never too early to start surfacing some potential franchise-altering names that might land in that spot.
While the Sox will likely miss out on getting the most prized pitcher available, Vanderbilt's Kumar Rocker, they should have the opportunity to land a difference-making bat.
On the most recent MLB Pipeline podcast, the trio of Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff did their best to predict the top picks in the 2020 Draft. The Red Sox pick? That fell to Callis who went with University of Miami catcher Adrian Del Castillo.
"I'm going with the Dude-Can-Hit philosophy," said Callis, who went on to call Del Castillo the best overall hitter in the Draft.
Del Castillo, a Miami native, moved to catcher full-time during his sophomore season with the Hurricanes, having also played for the Wareham Gateman in the Cape Cod League. In the COVID-shortened 2020 season, Del Castillo hit .358 with two home runs in 16 starts.
"I'm not sure he's a catcher. I would keep him at catcher to be honest with you," Callis said. The MLB.com writer added, "There's question to whether Adrian Del Castillo can stay behind the plate. I don't know if that matters to me. I just really like his bat."
Mayo took high school infielder Jordan Lawler with the first overall pick, and UCLA infielder Matt McLain going to the Tigers with the third overall pick. Callis did slot in Rocker at No. 2.