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MLB Draft, day one primer

Posted by Craig Forde  June 6, 2013 11:35 AM

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Thumbnail image for 2013draft.jpgFor the first time in 20 years, and only the fourth time in team history, the Boston Red Sox will be making a pick in the top ten selections of the draft.

A forgettable 2012 campaign provided Boston with the seventh overall pick in this year's first-year player draft, set to begin tonight.

The last time they selected this high was in 1993 when they took Trot Nixon in the same slot.

Some other notable picks in the seventh slot over the years include Clayton Kershaw, Troy Tulowitski and Prince Fielder.

Tonight is the first of three days for the MLB Draft and will feature just the first and second rounds, all of which will be televised live on MLB Network with coverage beginning at 6 and the draft kicking off at 7.

So on Thursday night the Red Sox will have picks number 7 and 45 overall. The Sox have had the number 45 pick three other times, with Jed Lowrie (2005) being the most notable of their selections in that position.

Last season the Red Sox had four selections in the first two rounds; SS Deven Marrero (No. 24 overall), LHP Brian Johnson (31), RHP Pat Light (37) and RHP Jamie Callahan (87).

Some names of note that the Sox could be looking at around the seventh pick are Loganville (Georgia) High School center fielder Clint Frazier, University of North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran, Grayson High School (Loganville, Ga.) OF Austin Meadows and Saint Pius X High School (Houston) right-handed pitcher Kohl Stewart.

The 45th selection will obviously be a bit more of a crap shoot, but some of the names that Baseball America lists around that choice include UC-Irvine RHP Andrew Thurman, Manatee High School (Bradenton, Fla.) OF Cord Sandberg, Stephen F. Austin SS Hunter Dozier and Hazelwood (Missouri) West High School RHP Devin Williams.

We will update things at the end of the night with the Sox results and profiles of their selections from day one.

In the meantime prep yourself for the draft with another great piece by our own Pete Abraham here.

Some other great resources to peruse include the following:

The Baseball America Draft Map

SoxProspects.com complete draft package

This informative piece at Over the Monster, explaining the budgets for the slots where the Sox are picking over the first 10 rounds, is a must.

Rounds 3-10 will be held on Friday starting at 12:30 p.m. and rounds 11-40 begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

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