Allday brings strong plate discipline to Boston

Allday brings strong plate discipline to Boston

Allday brings strong plate discipline to Boston

BOSTON -- Plate discipline is a welcomed addition to any ballclub, and the Red Sox hope to add some to their farm system by taking Forrestt Allday in the eighth round of the First-Year Player Draft.

A product of Central Arkansas University, Allday accumulated a .503 on base percentage and averaged more than a walk a game this season in conference play. He also led his team with a .365 average.

His coach said Allday has improved in almost every facet of his game.

"I'm just so happy for Forrestt. It just shows that good things come to those that work hard," UCA head coach Allen Gum said in a news release. "His name fits him, no question. ... Allday, everyday. He got better in every phase of the game. He increased his power, increased his speed, increased his arm. It's great to see him recognized because he's a tremendous baseball player. We were blessed and fortunate to have him as a part of our program."

Allday, who played in the outfield collegiately, transferred to UCA from Alvin Community College. He was caught off guard when the Red Sox selected him.

"It actually caught me by surprise," Allday said in a news release. "I was on the phone with another team when my name came up on the screen.

"We kind of had an idea before the Draft who was interested, but it's really a very hectic process once it starts. But it's really awesome and I like the way it turned out. It's definitely a dream come true."

Michael Periatt is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.