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Alex Cora Makes it Clear He Had Nothing to Do With Red Sox Selecting Puerto Rican Shortstop in Draft

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 04:  Manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox reacts to a call during their game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on April 04, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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When the Boston Red Sox used the 69th overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft on Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy shortstop Matthew Lugo, who just happens to be Beltran's nephew, many were crying nepotism, as manager Alex Cora is Puerto Rican, was a former shortstop, and has played with Beltran in the past.

Cora vigorously defended himself, saying he had nothing to do with the Red Sox picking Lugo.

While the dots were easy to connect on this, Cora is chalking that up to happenstance and asserts the Red Sox scouting department made an independent choice.

As a prospect, there's a lot to like in Lugo, who will likely forgo his college commitment to Miami. With plus arm strength, solid power, and a slick glove, Lugo will likely stick at short. He's a raw player, but has all the physical tools scouts look for.

As Michael Chavis and the current crop of top prospects finally reach Fenway, the likes of Jay Groome and Lugo will lead yet another cavalcade of talent that will hit the majors at the beginning of the next decade.