The Red Sox took catcher Jaxx Groshans from the University of Kansas with the 167th overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft Tuesday. Groshans is their fifth selection so far and their first catcher taken after picking two straight pitchers in the third and fourth round.
Groshans, 20, is also the second Kansas Jayhawk the Red Sox have picked in this draft after selecting pitcher Ryan ZeferJahn in the third round.
Groshans posted a .340/.475/.604 slash line with 12 home runs and 46 RBI in 57 games in 2019. He is ranked 138th on MLB Pipeline's list of the Top-200 prospects in this year's draft, and will join the Sox top catching prospect Roldani Baldwin in Boston's farm system.
Some believe Groshans was a second or third-round prospect considering his strong offensive output. His defense seems to be the main concern, so we'll see if the Sox can develop that area of his game in the minors. Groshans has also spent time at first base.