06/10/09 11:45 PM ET
Red Sox stick with Bard family on Day 2
Brother of rookie reliever picked during Draft's 16th round
By John Barone / MLB.com
One night after rookie flame-thrower Daniel Bard worked a perfect ninth inning in his first career appearance against the Yankees, the Sox selected his younger brother, Luke, in the 16th round of Wednesday's First-Year Player Draft.
"I called him right after I found out," Daniel Bard said on Wednesday. "He texted me and goes, 'I got drafted.' Then somebody else texted me and said, 'Your brother got picked by the Sox.' I called him immediately and congratulated him. He was playing golf, so he wasn't even following the Draft, but he's happy."
A right-handed pitcher out of Charlotte Christian School in North Carolina, Luke Bard has committed to play for Georgia Tech next season. His brother said it's a "tossup" as to whether the 18-year-old will sign with Boston.
"It's too early to tell," Daniel Bard said. "Before there's an offer made, it's too hard to say. He'll have to think all those things through, see what he values and go from there."
The Bards would not be the first set of brothers to be reunited in the Red Sox organization, as Boston drafted Josh Papelbon -- a younger brother of closer Jonathan Papelbon -- in 2006. A 48th-round selection, Josh currently pitches for Class A Salem.
Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said family ties never hurt when evaluating players prior to the Draft.
"Bloodlines are always nice," Epstein said on Tuesday night. "But we also try to assess the person individually, aside from his bloodlines. We try to get a feel for his personality and background and make sure there are no red flags. Our scouts do a lot of research and due diligence.
"We do a pretty thorough psychological assessment, but if you have bloodlines, that can be a tiebreaker as far as indicating success."
Like his younger brother, Daniel Bard was also drafted out of high school. The Yankees selected the elder Bard in the 20th round of the 2003 Draft, but he did not sign, opting to instead attend the University of North Carolina. Three years later, in '06, Boston took him with the 28th overall pick.
"It was actually kind of similar [to Luke's situation]," Bard said. "[The Yankees] followed me around for the summer but never really made an official offer. I can't really say what I would have done if they did, but I don't know how Luke's situation will go."
Regardless of what his future holds, Luke Bard has already fulfilled a lifelong dream.
"Everyone wants to get drafted, even if you don't plan on signing out of high school," Daniel Bard said. "It's exciting. It's a big confidence boost. I don't know what Luke's exact plans are, but I'm happy for him.
"From here on out, no matter what happens, he can always say he was picked by the Red Sox."
Round 4, Jeremy Hazelbaker, CF, Ball State: The first collegiate position player selected by Boston in the first five rounds since 2006, Hazelbaker batted .429 this season with a .550 on-base percentage and .724 slugging percentage out of the leadoff spot for the Cardinals.
Round 5, Seth Schwindenhammer, LF, Limestone Community HS (Ill.): Hailing from the same high school as White Sox slugger Jim Thome, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Schwindenhammer belted 15 home runs this season. He has committed to play at the University of Illinois.
Round 6, Branden Kline, RHP, Governor Thomas Johnson HS (Md.): The 17-year-old hurler has committed to pitch for the University of Virginia.
Round 7, John Younginer, RHP, Mauldin HS (S.C.): Younginer features a power fastball and plus breaking ball. He has committed to Clemson University.
Round 8, Shannon Wilkerson, RF, Augusta State: The 20-year-old flourished against Division II competition, earning National Player of the Year honors as voted on by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association.
Round 9, Kendal Volz, RHP, Baylor: The ace closer of last summer's Team USA squad, Volz has the mound presence and repertoire to be a starter at the big league level.
Red Sox -- Top five selections
|28||CF||Reymond Fuentes||Fernando Callejo HS|
|77||RHP||William Wilson||Texas A&M U|
|107||SS||David Renfroe||South Panola HS|
|138||CF||Jeremy Hazelbaker||Ball St U|
|168||LF||Seth Schwindenhammer||Limestone Community HS|
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Round 10, Brandon Jacobs, LF, Parkview HS (Ga.): A two-sport standout who also excelled as a high school running back, the 5-foot-11, 240-pound Jacobs projects as a power-hitting outfielder.
Round 11, Jason Thompson, SS, Germantown HS (Tenn.): A switch-hitting infielder, Thompson batted .414 this season with five home runs and 25 RBIs. He has committed to the University of Louisville.
Round 12, Michael Thomas, C, Southern University A&M: The 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior hit .294 for the Jaguars this season, with a .980 fielding percentage behind the plate.
Round 13, Chris McGuiness, 1B, The Citadel: Known for his selective eye and power bat, the First-Team All-Southern Conference first baseman drew a nation-best 65 walks in 2009. He hit 15 home runs while playing solid defense at first.
Round 14, Willie Holmes, RF, Chaffey College: The six-foot, 230-pound cleanup hitter was named to the All-Foothill Conference Team each of the past two seasons.
Round 15, Michael Bugary, LHP, UC Berkeley: After battling injuries in 2007 and '08, Bugary came into his own this season. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound lefty went 3-4 with a 4.74 ERA in 28 appearances. He racked up a team-high 69 strikeouts over 49 1/3 innings.
Round 16, Luke Bard, RHP, Charlotte Christian School (N.C.): The younger brother of Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard, he garnered 2009 Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) Player of the Year honors.
Round 17, Kraig Sitton, LHP, Oregon State: Sitton was a relief specialist in two seasons with the Beavers, posting a 3.97 ERA in 48 appearances. He struck out 50 while holding opponents to a .246 batting average.
Round 18, Renny Parthemore, RHP, Cedar Cliff HS (Pa.): The 6-foot-5, 190-pound righty went 3-2 with a 2.39 ERA this season. He fanned 33 in 29 innings.
Round 19, Tom Ebert, RHP, Florida International: Ebert struck out 77 batters over 77 innings this season. He logged two complete games in 12 starts.
Round 20, Alex Hassan, RHP, Duke: A native of Milton, Mass., Hassan was a four-year letter winner at Boston College High School. He notched eight saves as the Blue Devils' closer this season while hitting .342 (75-for-219) as an outfielder.
Round 21, Randall Fant, LHP, Texas HS (Tex.): The 6-foot-4, 185-pound lefty has committed to the University of Arkansas.
Round 22, Jordan Flasher, RHP, George Mason: Flasher was hit hard in 19 1/3 innings out of the bullpen this season, posting a 6.05 ERA and .342 opponents' batting average. He finished his collegiate career with a school-record 24 saves.
Round 23, Chris Court, RHP, Stephen F. Austin: The junior righty is the third-highest Lumberjack to be drafted from SFA.
Round 24, Dan Kemp, SS, Tantasqua Regional HS (Mass.): Kemp batted .472 this season with six home runs, 24 RBIs, 21 runs scored and 14 stolen bases.
Round 25, Austin House, RHP, La Cueva HS (N.M.): Armed with a power sinker, House pitched for one of the best high school pitching staffs in the country this season.
Round 26, Miles Head, 3B, Whitewater HS (Ga.): A native of Brooks, Ga., the six-foot, 215-pounder has signed with the University of Georgia.
Round 27, Reed Gragnani, SS, Mills E. Godwin HS (Va.): One of the top high school prospects in Virginia, Gragnani was the Colonial District Player of the Year each of the past two seasons. He has committed to attend the University of Virginia.
Round 28, Eric Curtis, RHP, Miami-Dade CC: The 6-foot-3, 220-pound righty hails from the same college as Phillies outfielder Raul Ibanez.
Round 29, Cody Stubbs, 1B, Tuscola HS (N.C.): Stubbs, who blasted 16 homers this season to lead the Moutaineers to the NCHSAA 3-A Western Regional title, has committed to the University of Tennessee.
Round 30, Jeremiah Bayer, RHP, Trinity College: A native of Greenfield, Mass., Bayer earned 2009 NCBWA Division III Pitcher of the Year honors this season after posting a 12-1 record with a 0.85 ERA. He struck out 94 over 95 1/3 innings.
John Barone is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.