Top 50 Quotebook: Jason McLeod (Part One)

In compiling the third annual Diehard Top 50, we spoke to numerous Red Sox players and executives, including director of amateur scouting Jason McLeod. Here are his thoughts on Nick Hagadone, Ryan Dent and Ryan Kalish. For the complete write-ups of the players in the top 50, please subscribe to today!

(Part one of four)

Nick Hagadone, P:
Jason McLeod: I obviously think he had a great summer. I'm sure he or anyone else wasn't excited about how his debut went. But form that time on, he just had a performance that speaks for itself. But more than anything it was, for us, the confirmation of what our area scout John Booher saw from him as far as his makeup, his determination and work ethic. I think it was definitely a very, very good first summer for him. I don't think I could ask for anything more. Like a lot of our college guys that have got the [innings] limits, I'm sure he would have liked to get more innings, but he understands why we have the pitching program in place.

Just taking what he did into the instructional league and how he threw there is a very good introduction to professional baseball. And I think we're all excited to see how he does this year. We want to give him every opportunity to start. It's something he didn't have a whole lot of experience with in college, so I'm sure that'll definitely play into the decision on where he ends up.

Ryan Dent, SS:
Jason McLeod: I was happy with him. Obviously, another kid that signed late. But I think from a performance aspect, he didn't really miss too much of a beat. Kind of stepped in there in the GCL and in a tough place…having to go cross country after signing late and really going into a situation where his teammates—new teammates—had all been there for a couple of months. Just to acclimate himself to the clubhouse. And then professional baseball and the weather and the pitching and all that—I was really excited for what Ryan did. He did come up here and get a little taste of Lowell late in the year and certainly had seen some things that he hadn't before as far as some of the older pitching up here. But I think he's excited a lot of people. I think he definitely showed a lot of people why he was drafted where he was. Another kid we're really excited to see in spring training.

Ryan Kalish, OF:
Jason McLeod: It's exciting and frustrating at the same time just because of the injuries and how well he'd been doing, not signing until late the prior summer. So we really haven't gotten to see the kid play for really, any time other than the short stints there. And when he has been on the field, it's been extremely positive for us from a performance standpoint, from how he carries himself standpoint. And you keep hearing things about leadership and makeup—I do see it, but I hear that more from his teammates. And for a kid who was a high school draft [pick] now a year-and-a-half out of high school, [it's] been very impressive to see how he's conducted himself. He's a confident young man. He's very well-spoken. Just the way he carries himself is impressive.

(Part two of our quotebook with McLeod will appear Friday)

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