BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Red Sox selected center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury with their first pick in the baseball draft and added right-hander Craig Hansen three picks later.

Ellsbury batted .415 with a school-record 86 hits and played errorless defense for Oregon State to earn honors as the Pac-10 co-player of the year. He hit .368 with 56 stolen bases, 162 runs scored, 36 doubles, 16 homers and 99 RBIs in three college seasons.

Baseball America ranked him as the fastest baserunner among draft-eligible college players.

“Ellsbury is one of the premier athletes in the draft,” scouting director Jason McLeod said. “He is a centerfielder with speed, on-base skills and terrific makeup.”

Hansen was the Big East pitcher of the year, going 3-2 with 14 saves and a 1.68 ERA in 31 appearances for the St. John’s Red Storm. The 6-foot-5, 185-pounder struck out 85 in 64 1-3 innings of work, averaged 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings and held opponents to a .173 average.

He also pitched in the Cape Cod League last summer, allowing zero earned runs in 22 innings while striking out 41 and walking 22.

Among the later picks were right fielder Clay Buchholz from Angelina College (42nd overall), second baseman Jed Lowrie from Stanford (45th), right-hander Michael Bowden from Waubonsie Valley (Ill.) High School (47th), catcher Jonathan Egan from Cross Creek (Ga.) High School (57th).


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