It appears Jack Leiter would have no issue with falling to No. 4 in this year’s Major League Baseball Draft.
The Vanderbilt ace is considered the most exciting pitching prospect in baseball, but with no consensus top pick 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 No. 4, the Boston Red Sox will have the opportunity to snag the 21-year-old. Apparently, he’d be more than okay with that.
According to The Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham, Leiter “very much” wants to play for the Red Sox.
However, there is concern that Leiter will return to Vanderbilt for his junior season and not sign with the team that selects him in this year’s draft. If the Red Sox pick him, however, they should feel pretty confident that he’ll sign, based on Abraham’s report.
It’s surprising that Leiter would want to play for the Red Sox, however. 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 currently are one of the best teams in baseball, while the Pirates, Rangers and Tigers occupy the bottom of the MLB standings. So, landing with the Red Sox would be considered an ideal situation for any prospect in this year’s draft.
Leiter went 11-4 this season for the Commodores with a 2.13 ERA, 0.845 WHIP and 179 strikeouts in 110 innings.
In his latest mock draft, MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo has Leiter landing with the Rangers, who own the second overall pick. So, the young star’s dreams of landing in Boston might not come true.