Red Sox select Virginia C Kyle Teel 14th overall in 2023 MLB Draft
The first round of the 2023 MLB Draft took place on Sunday night as part of this year’s All-Star Week festivities. That included the Boston Red Sox making their lone first-round selection.
With the 14th overall pick in the draft, the Red Sox selected catcher Kyle Teel out of Virginia. Teel was ranked as the seventh-best player in the draft by MLB.com leading up to Sunday night.
A 6-foot-1, 190-pound lefty hitter and righty thrower, Teel was a consensus First Team All-American and ACC Player of the Year for his performance as a junior in 2023. In 65 games he slashed .407/.475/.655 with 13 home runs and 69 runs driven in. He also showed impressive discipline at the plate with 36 strikeouts and 32 walks.
MLB.com lists Teel’s biggest strengths as his hit tool, arm, and athleticism. Some experts have suggested he could have success as an infielder at the next level.
Red Sox have drafted Virginia catcher Kyle Teel with the 14th overall pick.— Tyler Milliken ⚾️ (@tylermilliken_) July 10, 2023
He was ranked as the #7 player in the class, per @MLBPipeline.
He slashed .407/.475/.655/1.130 with 13 HR in 65 games last season. Has an absolute canon behind the plate.pic.twitter.com/uCqpvQnD0F
Teel is the first catcher drafted in the first round by the Red Sox since Blake Swihart in 2011, and is tied as the highest-drafted catcher in franchise history with 1984 first-round pick John Marzano. This is also the first time the Red Sox have taken a college player in the first round under Chaim Bloom, who has typically invested in high school prospects. Tanner Houck was the last college player drafted in the first round by the Red Sox in 2017.
The Red Sox will now have until early August to get Teel signed. The designated slot value for the 14th overall pick is $4,663,100.
Next up for the Red Sox is their second round selection, 50th overall. That will come later on Sunday night.
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