MTSU slugger selected by Red Sox early in 2010 draft

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 12:15am
Staff reports

The Boston Red Sox selected Bryce Brentz, one of the most productive hitters in Middle Tennessee State University history, 36th overall Monday in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft.

The pick, classified as a First Round Comp A (compensation for losing a free agent), made Brentz the second-highest selection in program history. Only pitcher Dewon Brazelton (third overall, 2001) went earlier.

“It feels good,” Brentz said. “I took a trip up there last weekend and they really helped
me out. They had the 20th pick but they took the (another) kid and I’m happy for
him and I’m happy for everyone.

“To be called to play for the Red Sox, they are a great organization and obviously have a great general manager.”

Brentz, an outfielder from Knoxville, earned multiple All-America honors set a slew of school records in 2009 as a sophomore when he hit .465 with 28 home runs and .930 slugging percentage. He missed 12 starts due to injury this spring but still hit .348 with 15 home runs and 49 RBIs and earned all-conference honors.

A scouting report on MLB.com said. “He has a short, compact stroke and plenty of power to all fields. … He could be one of the top college bats to come off the board.”

The draft continues Tuesday and Wednesday.