The Boston Red Sox were operating on Monday on and off the baseball diamond. The Red Sox began a two-game home series at Fenway Park against the Philadelphia Phillies winning the game in 11 innings 6-5.
The front office was also hard at work making their first-round selection in the 2017 MLB Draft. The Red Sox selected right handed pitcher Tanner Houck from the University of Missouri with the 24th pick of this year’s draft. But who exactly is Tanner Houck?
Tanner Houck is a 20-year-old right handed pitcher from Collinsville, Illinois. He is listed at 6’5, and 210 pounds. He has a lively fastball that has touched 98 MPH as well as a hard sinker.
Although this is not the first time Houck has been drafted.
In 2014, he was selected in the 12th round by the Toronto Blue Jays. He was coming off a spectacular high school career where he was awarded a 2014 Perfect Game Honorable Mention for All-American as well as Central-All Region 1st team. Instead of going to play for Toronto’s minor league system, he chose to go to college at the University of Missouri.
As a freshman at Missouri in 2015, Houck started 15 games for the Tigers. He went 8–5 with a 3.49 ERA. Another astonishing statistic from his freshman campaign was his 91 strikeouts and 12 walks in 100 2⁄3 innings. After the season, he played for the United States collegiate national team. In a game against Cuba he helped throw a combined no-hitter. As a sophomore, Houck started 15 games and had a bit of misfortune record wise; finishing the season 5-6 but had a remarkable 2.99 ERA. He has even drawn comparisons to current MLB pitcher Max Scherzer.
The Red Sox did very well with their selection of Tanner Houck. With Houck and Jason Groome in the Red Sox minor league system it brings a lot of promise to the future. With durability questions in their rotation in David Price, Steven Wright, and Eduardo Rodriguez already injured this season; the Red Sox seemed to have “hit a home-run” literally with their first round selection.