Next up on the potential first round draft targets for the Red Sox at pick number four, is none other than Jesuit Prep (TX) shortstop Jordan Lawlar.
Despite being committed to Vanderbilt, Lawlar will be choosing pro-ball over going to college. He’ll turn 19 just a week right after the draft, which will be one of the bigger turnoffs from MLB scouts.
Lawlar stands two inches above six-foot, and the right-handed hitter has a knack for driving the ball to the opposite field. Lawlar is a legitimate candidate for the Pirates with the first pick, but could easily fall to the Red Sox with the stacked draft class of this year.
The 185-pounder has one of the smoothest swings you’ll see from a high schooler, but at times can strike out too much and his whiff rate can be a little too high. However, his power does back that up.
The five-tool player also has the ability to play anywhere in the outfield and has a cannon of an arm. While being sometimes inconsistent defensively, he is fundamentally sound. Despite Lawlar looking like a true shortstop, he does have the ability to play some outfield if a team would want to move him there.