I’ve been a little busy these days.
I have been spending time trying to help the Red Sox find the seventh best amateur baseball player in the land (as if they need my help). The 2013 MLB annual June amateur draft begins June 6th.
In less than two weeks time, the Ole Towne team makes what I think is one of the most important decisions in 20 years.
The Red Sox get to pick No.7 in the draft (thanks Bobby V and the team of ’12). You have to go all the way back to 1993 to find the Sox making a pick that high. Ben Cherrington and company need to get this one right!
Remember who they selected in ‘93?
Trot Nixon – a high school outfielder from North Carolina.
Guess who Baseball America projects the Sox taking this time, 20 years later.
Clint Frazier – a high school outfielder from Georgia.
No question the MLB draft is an inexact science. That goes for drafts in all sports. But, I thought it would be interesting to look at a few draft tidbits…
— Recent No.7 picks include (2010) RHP Matt Harvey-NY Mets, (2006) LHP Clayton Kershaw-LA Dodgers, (2005) SS Troy Tulowitzki-Rockies, (2004) RHP Homer Bailey-Cinn, (2003) OF Nick Markakis-Baltimore, (2002) 1B Prince Fielder-Milw.
— Since the Impossible Dream year of 1967 the Red Sox have never picked higher than No.12 (other than Nixon in 1993 and this year). In 1994 the Sox picked Nomar Garciaparra at No.12 and in 1998 they chose SS Adam Everett No.12.
— The Red Sox picking at No.13 – not so good. In 1969 they selected some outfielder named Noel Jenks and in 1977 they took a pitcher named Andrew Madden.
— Some of the best first round picks – (1971) No.15 Jim Rice, (1983) No.19 Roger Clemens, (1983) No.23 Mo Vaughn – after selecting OF Greg Blosser No.16, (1976), No.22 pitcher Bruce Hurst.
— The Red Sox have never had the overall No.1 pick since the draft started in 1965.
— In that first draft of ’65 the Sox took a young high school OF named Billy Conigliaro with the No.5 pick.
How about the state of Maine connection to the MLB draft over the years. Check out these tidbits…
— This first player selected from a Maine school was 3B Edward Berube (Colby) in that 1965 draft. Pittsburgh took him with pick No.62.
— How about the others drafted in ’65…Carl “Stump”Merrill (UMaine) No.450 to Minnesota, Ron Lanza (UMaine) No.523 to Baltimore, Dick Devarney (UMaine) No.700 to St.Louis.
— The first player selected from a Maine school by the Red Sox was OF Harry Greenfield (Husson) in 1966, No.264.
— The first Maine high school player drafted was LHP Ron Soucie (John Bapst HS) in 1966, No.747.
— Billy Swift (UMaine) remains the top pick ever from Maine, overall pick No.2 by the Seattle Mariners in 1984.
— Mark Rogers (Mt. Ararat HS) was selected No.5 by Milwaukee in 2004.
— 20 years ago, 1993, was the best year for Mainers in the draft with eight selected…RHP Mike Welch (USM) No.80 by NYM, LHP Jason Rajotte (UMaine) No.321 by A’s, RHP Mark Ballard(UMaine) No.639 by Sox, 1B/OF Gabe Duross (UMaine) No.894 by Cubs, 3B Justin Tomberlin (UMaine) No.1,287 by Twins, C Nick Caiazzo (Deering HS) No.1,355 by Texas, OF Chad White (UMaine) No.1,498 by Houston, OF Rob Carpenter (USM) No.1623 by Cubs.
— There used to be a January draft too. In 1972, an outfielder from UMaine was picked by the Cubs with their No.40 pick – Brewer HS coach Dana Corey.
By the way, coming full circle back to high school OF Clint Frazier, the possible pick at No.7 by the Red Sox – the scouting report from MLB.com says “the Loganville outfielder is the top high school prospect in the 2013 draft. The 6’1” has it all: strength, speed, power, great glove and great arm. It could be argued that isn’t just the best high schooler in the draft, but the best prospect overall.”