Now we move to day two of the 2013 MLB Draft, where the Red Sox will work with eight selections over rounds 3 through 10.
Last year Boston went on a pitching run in the first two days, selecting eight consecutive hurlers from round 1 through round 7.
If yesterday was any indication they could be poised to make another such run this year and as the old adage has taught us, “you can never have enough pitching.”
That being said, getting two raw young talents with major upside at the top of the draft may sway Boston to start looking heavily at some bats and this is the area in the draft where the right strategy can really pay off.
To get a better understanding of what type of talent can be plucked in these rounds here are some of the Red Sox more notable selections over the past years in rounds 3-10:
Round 3: OF Mike Greenwell, 1982, No. 72 overall (Honorable mention: Tino Martinez, 1995, #75, did not sign)
Round 4: RHP Jonathan Papelbon, 2003, No. 114 overall (3B Jeff Bagwell, 1989, #110, traded to Houston)
Round 5: OF Dwight Evans, 1969, No. 109 overall (3B Will Middlebrooks, 2007, #174; OF Ryan Westmoreland, 2008, #172)
Round 6: 1B Cecil Cooper, 1968, No. 128 overall (1B Anthony Rizzo, 2007, #204; C Ryan Lavarnway, 2008, #202)
Round 7: 3B Wade Boggs, 1976, No. 166 overall
Round 8: 3B Kevin Youkilis, 2001, No. 243 overall (SS Jody Reed, 1984, #198; SS Tim Naehring, 1988, #199)
Round 9: 3B Mark Teixeira, 1998, No. 265 overall, did not sign (OF Ryan Kalish, 2006, #283)
Round 10: SS Lou Merloni, 1993, No. 275 overall (OF Brady Anderson, 985, #257; SS Shea Hillenbrand, 1996, #301)
The Red Sox will have the eighth pick on the day, number 81 overall, a slot that unfortunately has not yielded many household names in the past.
Interestingly, the Mets will get the third pick on the day, a compensatory pick for not being able to sign Teddy Stankiewicz a year ago.
There are still 41 players remaining from MLB.com’s Top 100 Draft Prospects list, with some of the better bats still on the board including 1B Rowdy Telez from Elk Grove High School in California, Yukon (Okla.) High School C Jon Denney and OF Cord Sandberg from Manatee High School in Bradenton, Florida.
This is the section of the draft where players coming out of high school will choose to uphold their commitment to colleges because teams cannot “wow” them with what oftentimes takes millions of dollars to change their minds.
With that risk in mind, the Sox could trend towards players with more college seasoning and two players with familiar last names come to mind as possibilities later in the day; L.J. Mazzilli, second baseman from UConn and son of former Mets outfielder Lee, and Vanderbilt outfielder Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of Red Sox legend and Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski.
Day two of the draft kicks off at 12:30 and coverage has moved from being televised on MLB Network to the internet at MLB.com.
Here are a couple of great pieces to check out while waiting for Round 3 to kick off:
WEEI.com's Alex Speier gets in depth on Trey Ball.
Jen McCaffrey of the Cape Cod Times breaks down the 23 former Cape League players chosen over the first two rounds.
And for your listening pleasure, the SoxProspects.com guys put up a podcast recapping the Red Sox efforts on day one.
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