With the 281st overall selection, the Red Sox picked Tanner Nishioka, a second baseman out of Ponoma-Pitzer College.
As they did with their last selection, the Red Sox turned to the college senior pool, presumably to continue their quest to find room in their budget to sign the prep players picked earlier in the day.
Unsurprisingly, there is almost nothing in the way of scouting reports for the Division III star. For what it’s worth, Nishioka was ranked as the number 109 prospect in Southern California. He also put up big numbers in 2017, hitting .441 with 18 home runs and eight stolen bases. On top of that, according to the website Twitter dot com, he was going to school to be a brain surgeon.
He almost certainly fell due to the fact that he played poor competition relative to what most of this week’s draftees have faced, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he can’t compete at the highest level. Nishioka at least has the potential to be a solid bat after completely dominating his league in college.