If Wednesday's surprising first-round selection of Nick Yorke left some people scratching their heads, the Red Sox seemed to engender a completely different reaction Thursday with their next pick in the 2020 draft.
Boston chose high school slugger Blaze Jordan with its third-round pick -- the Sox were stripped of their second-round choice for their involvement in sign-stealing in 2018 -- from DeSoto Central High School in Mississippi with the 89th overall selection.
Jordan is a power-hitting prodigy and arguably the most famous high school player since Bryce Harper graced the cover of Sports Illustrated as a 16-year-old. Jordan took part in the High School Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game last summer. He also won his first nationwide home run derby at age 11 and two years later, at age 13, hit two homers that were measured at 500-feet.
MLB.com ranked Jordan as the 42nd on their list of draft prospects and gushed that "few players in the 2020 draft can do more damage to a baseball than Jordan.''
"Obviously, we were really, really excited to select him,'' said scouting director Paul Toboni of Jordan. "We were thrilled. He's a unique talent with a ton of power upside. He's got a feel to hit, really recognizes pitches to hit and he's doing this all (while) being a year younger than his counterparts. He's just a really exciting talent -- there's no other way to put it.''