Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox reached into the high school ranks for a powerful bat with their first pick of the 2018 MLB Draft on Monday night, selecting American Heritage High School (Plantation, Fla.) corner infielder Triston Casas at No. 26 overall.

A senior this past season, the 18-year-old hit .385 with seven home runs and 35 RBIs in 29 games for his high school, and is committed to the University of Miami.

Casas helped power Team USA to a gold medal in the World Baseball Softball Confederation U-18 Baseball World Cup and earned MVP honors last year, with a tournament-leading three homers and 13 RBIs. Casas was also honored with the Richard W. “Dick” Case Award, given annually to USA Baseball’s top player, in 2017.

A 6-foot-4 left-handed bat with opposite field power, the University of Miami commit admits that his biggest impact comes at the plate.

“My greatest comfort in the field is probably in the lineup,” Casas said in a conference call late Monday night. “It doesn’t matter where I play. I feel that makes me pretty valuable to a team. I’m pretty versatile, and I can play multiple positions pretty well. Whether it be third base or first base, left field, right field, catcher, shortstop, center field, to me it doesn’t matter.

“I love making an impact at the plate, and to me, the field is just a little bit of a bonus.”

“I’m glad the way the board fell and I feel like Boston’s a great fit for me,” Casas said.

“I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out, to be honest.”