Red Sox Draft History
posted at 5/30/2011 5:12 AM EDT
With the draft coming up, I was looking at the Sox history. I started looking in the 1973 draft. I might go back and look at pre-1973 and post 1986 later If I have time, unless someone else does first. Here are some highlights in those years.
1973: Fred Lynn in the second round, Butch Hobson in the eighth round.
1975: Sox took Ed Jurak in the third round, Dave Stapelton in teh 10th round and Mike Paxton (who was part of the Eckersley trade) in the 23rd round.
In 1976, the Sox drafted Brust Hurst in the first round, Glenn Hoffman in the second round and Wade Boggs in the seventh. Also: Gary Allenson (9th) adn Reid Nichols 12th).
The 1977 draft was horrible. Not one player did anything. Well, anything good. Bobby Sprowl was drafted in the second round, and we all know what happened to himi in 1978. Wow, drafted in '77 and in the majors in '78. Talking about rushing the kid. Another reason to rip Zimmer and the Sullivan regime. (Sullivan took over in the fall of 1977).
1978 was just as bad. A bunch of no-names.
1979: Can you say nepotism. Another Horrible draft. Marc Sullivan, Haywood's kid, was the first player drafted by the Sox. He was taken in the second round.
1980: Mike Brown was taken first (2nd round) and I remember Gammons raving about him in the mid-'80s. Pat Dodson (6th round) had an excellent minor league career but couldn't make the Triple-A to Majors jump. Dave Magadan was drafted by the Sox in the 12th round but didn't sign. However, the Sox took two key pitchers on the '86 team. Al Nipper in the eighth round and Oil Can Boyd in the 16th. Tom Bolton was drafted in the 20th round.
1981: Steve Lyons in the first round, Todd Benzinger in the fourth; nothing else.
1982: The legendary Sam Horn was drafted in the first round. Jeff Ledbetter was taken later in the first round. For those who never heard of him, Ledbetter set the college home run record while at FSU (It has since been broken). Showed some pop in the minors but never made it past Double-A. Career .246 hitter in the minors. I used to call guys like him who were great power hitters in college but flopped in the pros as having Jeff Ledbetter Disease. The draft wasn't a bust. Mike Greenwell was drafted in the third round.
1983: The Sox hit the jackpot with Roger Clemens in the first round. Nothing after that, although the Sox did take DeMarlo Hale (future coach) in the 17th.
1984: Only Jody Reed panned out for the Sox. The draft could have been better. The Sox drafted Jack McDowell in the 20th round but didn't sign him.
1985: The Sox took Brady Anderson in the 10th round, but here's an interesting tidbit. The Sox drafted Tino Martinez i the third round but didn't sign him. He ended up going to college nd was drafted by Seattle three years later.
1986. Only Scott Cooper.
That's enough for now.