Wednesday, June 06, 2007
The Sox are likely to have a drop off in talent coming into the organization this year as compared to the last two seasons. The club does not pick until the 55th overall selection on Thursday. It is a similar situation as in 2004. Back then, Sox were thrilled to draft Dustin Pedroia in the second and now we all know why. Unfortunately, no other player from the 2004 draft appears to be on his way to Fenway.
As I mentioned before, hometown boy - Jack McGeary - could fall to the Sox. Scott Boras clients - Jake Arrietta and Kentrail Davis - are possible sliders as well. Baseball Prospectus mentions Brad Suttle from Texas as another possibility. All could fall due to their bonus demands relative to their level of talent. In the second or third round, Eric Sogard is a possibility. According to Kevin Goldstein, Eric Sogard is Dustin Pedroia reloaded and the orginial one is working out well.
The Sox are not going to be rated by BA with the best draft in 2007. With the likely event of a less than stellar draft class, the Sox should be aggressive in the international market. The Olde Towne Team can not have another drop off in talent as they did in 2004.
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