It looks like Jack Leiter would have no problems with the fall to a 4 in the Major League Baseball Draft this year.
The Vanderbilt ace is considered baseball’s most exciting pitching prospect, but without any consensus in this year’s draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers or Detroit Tigers could select him in the top three.
However, if Leiter falls to a 4 °, the Boston Red Sox will have a chance to snatch the 21-year-old. Apparently, it would be more than fine with that.
According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, Leiter “a lot” wants to play for the Red Devils.
However, there are concerns that Leiter will return to Vanderbilt for his junior season and will not be signing with the team that selected him in this year’s draft. If the Red Devils take it, however, they should feel confident enough that it will stop, according to Abraham’s report.
It’s surprising that Leiter would want to play for the Red Devils. His father, two-time World Series champion Al Leiter, spent four seasons with the New York Yankees, Boston’s biggest rival. He also played for the New York Mets.
However, the BoSox are currently one of the best baseball teams, while the Pirates, Rangers and Tigers occupy the bottom of the MLB rankings. Therefore, landing with the Red Sox would be considered as an ideal situation for any prospect in this year’s project.
Leiter went 11-4 this season for the Commodores with a 2.13 ERA, 0.845 WHIP and 179 strikeouts in 110 innings.
On his last screen shot, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com has Leiter landing with the Rangers, who have the second overall pick. So, the young star’s dreams of landing in Boston might not come true.