The Red Sox have the seventh overall selection in the upcoming draft and a chance to add an impract player (players) to an already impressive prospect pool. The Sox haven't slected in the top ten since Trot Nixon (also number 7 overall) in 1993. The last time before that you ask? The Sox selected Mike Garman third overall in 1967!
Here is a quick long term positional analysis to identify weak areas.
Catcher - Lavarnway, Butler, Swihart, Vazquez
1B - Shaw, Middlebrooks?, Bogaerts?
2B - Coyle, Cecchini?, Marrero?, Vinicio?, Vitek
SS - Iglesias, Bogaerts, Marrero, Vinicio
3B - Cecchini, Bogaerts?, Shaw, Vitek
OF - Bradley, Hassan, Margot, Brentz, de la Cruz, Jacobs
P- Barnes, Webster, de la Rosa, Owens, Johnson, Britton, Ranaudo, Workman, Light, Buttrey, Montas
Bogaerts final position is still to be seen, but I expect LF to maximize his offensive potential. Outfield prospects are weak as are corner infielders. Catching and pitching are always needed. On our current roster, there are only a handful of players that could be considered in the long term plans. Middlebrooks, Buchholz, Lester?, Pedroia?.
Players I'd Like To See Selected
1) Kris Bryant - 3B/1B/OF - San Diego
Best college hitter period. Hits for average, power, stole 9 bases last year, K-BB 1:1.
2) Clint Frazier - OF - GA HS
Highly ranked HS kid who lives for baseball and from all reports plays the game hard.
3) Best Available Pitcher ie Appel, Stanek, Wahl
College pitcher that can progress quickly.