The MLB draft starts Wednesday tonight, and unless you read a lot of Baseball America, you probably haven’t heard of the odds-on No. 1 pick, Arizona State first baseman Spencer Torkelson.
We like to refer to drafts as crapshoots, but nowhere is that more true than baseball.
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The Red Sox have selected thousands of players over the years, and it’s shocking how few of them have blossomed into stars. Peruse the first 20 rounds of their June drafts, and naming the best player at each spot is a surprising exercise in scarcity. The first round is not as deep as you’d think, the third round is pathetic, and the fifth is relatively star-studded.
So who are the top players in each round? Read on to find out. And to be clear, we’re talking the traditional June draft, which dates to 1965. The old January draft yielded players like Carlton Fisk, Curt Schilling, and Ellis Burks, but it ceased to exist in 1986. The same goes for the various secondary drafts of yore.
MLB Draft: Best players taken by Red Sox in each round originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston