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Draft pickings are slim after 10th round

Don’t get too excited about the Red Sox draft after the 10th round.

The only signed Sox draft picks who made it to the big leagues after the 10th round from 2000 on were infielder Freddy Sanchez, an 11th rounder (2000), outfielder Josh Reddick, a 17th rounder (2006), lefty Kason Gabbard, a 29th rounder (2000) and lefty R.J.Swindle, a 14th rounder (2004). First baseman Lars Anderson, who will likely hit the majors either in September or next season, was an 18th round pick in 2006.

Other Sox draft picks who didn’t sign with Boston but who made it after they were drafted and signed by another team (since 2000) were outfielder Chris Duffy (Pirates), pitcher Brian Bannister (Mets, Royals), first baseman Steve Pearce (Pirates), catchers John Hester (D-Backs) and Jeremy Brown (A’s), and first baseman Matt LaPorta (Milwaukee, Cleveland).


Houston’s catcher of the future, Jason Castro, was a 43rd round pick by the Sox in 2005. The Astros then then took him in the first round, 10th overall, in 2008.

Pearce was a 10th round pick by Boston in ’04. Bannister was a 45th round pick in 2002. Hester was a 33rd round pick in 2005. LaPorta was a 14th round pick in 2006 and Brown was a 19th round pick in 2001. Laporta and Brown became first round picks after they were re-drafted.

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