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Monday, June 01, 2009


The MLB amateur draft is eight days away. Over the last few drafts, the Sox have demonstrated two trends:

1) selecting pitchers who came out of the pen and can be developed into starters,
2) meeting the bonus demands of "tough signs" in the middle to end of the single digit rounds.

My guess is that the Sox like the fact that college relievers have fewer innings on their arms than three year starters. It probably lowers the risk of injury in their projection model. If Drew Storen is available, the Sox might be tempted to select the closer from Stanford.

The Olde Towne Team also throws the green around to acquire talent that some clubs determine are imprudent expenditures. It seems recently though that more clubs have been matching or even exceeding the Sox amateur draft investments. If the trend continues, we could see them select questionable "signability" players earlier than the fifth round.

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