The Boston Red Sox repeated their draft decision from last year as they went for another pitcher in Monday night's first round of the 2017 MLB Draft.
They selected right hander Tanner Houck, a three-year starter at the University of Missouri, with the 24th overall pick.
Houck is 6-5 and had one of the most touted arms coming out of this year's draft. His 2017 pitching record may deceive you, however, since Missouri isn't exactly the most competitive team in the highly prestigious SEC.
While only going 4-7, Houck finished with a 3.33 ERA, and had 95 strikeouts to 24 walks. Call it a silver lining.
In one of his finer performances in 2016, Houck dominated as he pitched a complete game shutout against Auburn sitting down 10 batters and allowing only four hits.
The highlights don't stop there.
With the opportunity to pitch for USA Baseball, he threw two great innings for his squad in 2016. Watch how well his pitches move in this next highlight reel:
His two legitimate pitches, a fastball and a breaking ball, can be used to the Red Sox advantage. They will have to work with him in order to bring along his current borderline changeup.
With the lack of quality arms in the Red Sox bullpen, Houck should make an impact very quickly.