Billy Conigliaro was the first player ever drafted by the Boston Red Sox, selected in the first round of the 1965 MLB draft. An outfielder, he played in MLB from 1969 through 1973.
Billy Conigliaro was the first player ever drafted by the Boston Red Sox, selected in the first round of the 1965 MLB draft. An outfielder, he played in MLB from 1969 through 1973.

The Boston Red Sox are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Boston, Massachusetts. They play in the American League East division. This page lists prospects selected by the team in the first round of the annual Major League Baseball draft.

Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft",[1] the draft is MLB's primary mechanism for assigning amateur baseball players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur baseball clubs to its teams. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick.[1] In addition, teams that lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks.[2]

History

Since the institution of the MLB draft in 1965, the Red Sox have selected 78 players in the first round, through the 2020 MLB draft. Some of the selections have been compensatory or supplementary picks. These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the prior off-season,[2][3][V] or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year.[4]

The primary position of each player drafted by the Red Sox in the first round, at the time they were selected, has been as follows:

Position Number
Pitcher 35
Outfielder 20
Shortstop 10
Catcher 4
First baseman 4
Second baseman 3
Third baseman 2

Of the pitchers selected, 12 have been left-handed and 23 have been right-handed. Eleven of the players came from high schools or universities in the state of California, while Texas and South Carolina follow with eight and six players, respectively. The Red Sox have also drafted two players in the first round from outside the United States: Chris Reitsma (1996) from Canada, and Reymond Fuentes (2009) from Puerto Rico.[5]

Jacoby Ellsbury (2005 draft) won championships with the Red Sox in 2007 and 2013, and joined the 30–30 club in 2011.
Jacoby Ellsbury (2005 draft) won championships with the Red Sox in 2007 and 2013, and joined the 30–30 club in 2011.

Several of the team's first-round selections have gone on to win notable awards. Nomar Garciaparra (1994 draft) won the Rookie of the Year Award with the Red Sox in 1997.[6] Jim Rice (1971), Roger Clemens (1983), and Mo Vaughn (1989) each won a Most Valuable Player Award with the team.[7][8][9] Clemens also won three Cy Young Awards with the Red Sox and another four with other teams for a total of seven, more than any other pitcher in MLB history.[8][10] Clay Buchholz (2005) threw a no-hitter, the 17th in Red Sox franchise history, in his second major league start, tying him with Wilson Álvarez for the second-fastest no-hitter by an MLB pitcher.[11] Jim Rice is the only first-round pick of the Red Sox in the Baseball Hall of Fame, having been elected to the Hall during 2009 balloting.[7]

Seven of the team's first-round selections have gone on to win a World Series with the Red Sox: Trot Nixon (1993 draft) was a member of the 2004 championship team; Jacoby Ellsbury (2005) was a member of the 2007 team; Ellsbury and Clay Buchholz (2005) were members of the 2013 team; and Matt Barnes (2011), Blake Swihart (2011), Jackie Bradley Jr. (2011), and Andrew Benintendi (2015) were members of the 2018 team.

The Red Sox have never made the first overall selection in the draft. The earliest selection the team has had was the third pick; this occurred in 1967, when the team selected Mike Garman, a pitcher who went on to compile a career record of 22–27 while playing for five different MLB teams between 1969 and 1978.[12] The team has signed all but two of their first-round picks across their draft history: Jimmy Hacker did not sign following the 1970 draft,[13] and Greg McMurtry did not sign following the 1986 draft.[14] To date, the only Red Sox first-round draft pick to make his MLB debut the same year that he was drafted was Craig Hansen, in 2005.[15]

Three of the team's first-round selections went on to play in the National Football League (NFL) rather than in MLB: Noel Jenke (1969 draft; NFL 1971–1974), Greg McMurtry (1986 draft; NFL 1990–1994), and Corey Jenkins (1995 draft; NFL 2003–2004).

Key

Year Each year links to an article about that year's MLB draft.
Position Position at which the player was drafted.
Pick Overall number of the pick in the draft.
MLB Year(s) that the player appeared in MLB, if any. Italics indicate debut (or final game) was not with the Red Sox.
* Player did not sign with the Red Sox
§ Indicates a supplemental pick
Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame
'04 Player was a member of Boston's 2004 World Series championship team
'07 Player was a member of Boston's 2007 World Series championship team
'13 Player was a member of Boston's 2013 World Series championship team
'18 Player was a member of Boston's 2018 World Series championship team

Picks

Roger Clemens (1983) won three Cy Young Awards and an MVP Award with the Red Sox along with another four Cy Young Awards with other teams.
Roger Clemens (1983) won three Cy Young Awards and an MVP Award with the Red Sox along with another four Cy Young Awards with other teams.
Aaron Sele (1991) was the first of two players drafted from Washington State University in 1991.
Aaron Sele (1991) was the first of two players drafted from Washington State University in 1991.
Trot Nixon (1993) won a World Series championship with the 2004 Red Sox.
Trot Nixon (1993) won a World Series championship with the 2004 Red Sox.
Nomar Garciaparra (1994) won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1997.
Casey Fossum (1999) played in MLB from 2001 through 2009.
Casey Fossum (1999) played in MLB from 2001 through 2009.
David Murphy (2003) played in MLB from 2006 through 2015.
David Murphy (2003) played in MLB from 2006 through 2015.
Clay Buchholz (2005) threw a no-hitter in his second start with the Red Sox.
Clay Buchholz (2005) threw a no-hitter in his second start with the Red Sox.
Daniel Bard (2006) played in MLB from 2009 through 2013.
Daniel Bard (2006) played in MLB from 2009 through 2013.
Blake Swihart (2011) was a member of Boston's 2018 championship team.
Blake Swihart (2011) was a member of Boston's 2018 championship team.
Jackie Bradley Jr. (2011) was a member of Boston's 2018 championship team.
Jackie Bradley Jr. (2011) was a member of Boston's 2018 championship team.
Michael Chavis (2014) made his MLB debut in April 2019 with the Red Sox.
Michael Chavis (2014) made his MLB debut in April 2019 with the Red Sox.
Michael Kopech (2014) has played in MLB for the Chicago White Sox.
Michael Kopech (2014) has played in MLB for the Chicago White Sox.
Andrew Benintendi (2015) was a member of Boston's 2018 championship team.
Andrew Benintendi (2015) was a member of Boston's 2018 championship team.
Year Name Pos. School (Location) Pick MLB Ref
1965 Billy Conigliaro OF Swampscott High School
(Swampscott, Massachusetts)
5 1969–1973 [16]
1966 Ken Brett LHP El Segundo High School
(El Segundo, California)
4 1967–1981 [17]
1967 Mike Garman RHP Caldwell High School
(Caldwell, Idaho)
3 1969–1978 [18]
1968 Tom Maggard OF John Glenn High School
(Norwalk, California)
20 [19]
1969 Noel Jenke OF University of Minnesota
(Minneapolis, Minnesota)
13 [20]
1970 Jimmy Hacker* 3B Temple High School
(Temple, Texas)
16 [21]
1971 Jim Rice OF Hanna High School
(Anderson, South Carolina)
15 1974–1989 [22]
1972 Joel Bishop SS McClatchy High School
(Sacramento, California)
16 [23]
1973 Ted Cox SS Midwest City High School
(Midwest City, Oklahoma)
17 1977–1981 [24]
1974 Eddie Ford SS University of South Carolina
(Columbia, South Carolina)
20 [25]
1975 Otis Foster 1B High Point University
(High Point, North Carolina)
15 [26]
1976 Bruce Hurst LHP Dixie High School
(St. George, Utah)
22 1980–1994 [27]
1977 Andrew Madden RHP New Hartford High School
(New Hartford, New York)
13 [28]
1978 no first-round pick[a] [5]
1979 no first-round pick[b] [5]
1980 no first-round pick[c] [5]
1981 Steve Lyons SS Oregon State University
(Corvallis, Oregon)
19 1985–1993 [29]
Kevin Burrell C Poway High School
(Poway, California)
25[d] [29]
1982 Sam Horn 1B Morse High School
(San Diego, California)
16[e] 1987–1995 [30]
Rob Parkins RHP Cerritos High School
(Cerritos, California)
18 [30]
Jeff Ledbetter 1B Florida State University
(Tallahassee, Florida)
26[f] [30]
1983 Roger Clemens RHP University of Texas at Austin
(Austin, Texas)
19 1984–2007 [31]
1984 John Marzano C Temple University
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
14 1987–1998 [32]
1985 Dan Gabriele RHP Western High School
(Walled Lake, Michigan)
21 [33]
1986 Greg McMurtry* OF Brockton High School
(Brockton, Massachusetts)
14 [34]
1987 Reggie Harris RHP Waynesboro High School
(Waynesboro, Virginia)
26 19901999 [35]
Bob Zupcic OF Oral Roberts University
(Tulsa, Oklahoma)
32§[g] 1991–1994 [35]
1988 Tom Fischer LHP University of Wisconsin–Madison
(Madison, Wisconsin)
12 [36]
1989 Greg Blosser OF Sarasota High School
(Sarasota, Florida)
16[h] 1993–1994 [37]
Mo Vaughn 1B Seton Hall University
(South Orange, New Jersey)
23 1991–2003 [37]
Kevin Morton LHP Seton Hall University
(South Orange, New Jersey)
29[i] 1991 [37]
1990 no first-round pick[j] [5]
1991 Aaron Sele RHP Washington State University
(Pullman, Washington)
23 1993–2007 [38]
J.J. Johnson OF Pine Plains High School
(Pine Plains, New York)
37§[k] [38]
Scott Hatteberg C Washington State University
(Pullman, Washington)
43§[l] 1995–2008 [38]
1992 no first-round pick[m] [5]
1993 Trot Nixon '04 OF New Hanover High School
(Wilmington, North Carolina)
7 1996–2008 [39]
1994 Nomar Garciaparra SS Georgia Institute of Technology
(Atlanta, Georgia)
12 1996–2009 [40]
1995 Andy Yount RHP Kingwood High School
(Kingwood, Texas)
15 [41]
Corey Jenkins OF Dreher High School
(Columbia, South Carolina)
26[n] [41]
1996 Josh Garrett RHP South Spencer High School
(Rockport, Indiana)
26 [41]
Chris Reitsma RHP Calgary Christian High School
(Calgary, Alberta)
34§[o] 20012007 [41]
1997 John Curtice LHP Great Bridge High School
(Chesapeake, Virginia)
17 [42]
Mark Fischer OF Georgia Institute of Technology
(Atlanta, Georgia)
35§[p] [42]
1998 Adam Everett SS University of South Carolina
(Columbia, South Carolina)
12 20012011 [43]
1999 Rick Asadoorian OF Northbridge High School
(Whitinsville, Massachusetts)
17[q] [44]
Brad Baker RHP Pioneer Valley Regional High School
(Leyden, Massachusetts)
40§[r] [44]
Casey Fossum LHP Texas A&M University
(College Station, Texas)
48§[s] 2001–2009 [44]
2000 Phil Dumatrait LHP Bakersfield College
(Bakersfield, California)
16 20072011 [45]
2001 no first-round pick[t] [5]
2002 no first-round pick[u] [5]
2003 David Murphy OF Baylor University
(Waco, Texas)
17 2006–2015 [46]
Matt Murton OF Georgia Institute of Technology
(Atlanta, Georgia)
32§[v] 20052009 [46]
2004 no first-round pick[w] [5]
2005 Jacoby Ellsbury '07, '13 OF Oregon State University
(Corvallis, Oregon)
23[x] 2007–2017 [47]
Craig Hansen RHP St. John's University
(Jamaica, New York)
26[y] 2005–2009 [47]
Clay Buchholz '13 RHP Angelina College
(Lufkin, Texas)
42§[z] 2007–present [47]
Jed Lowrie 2B Stanford University
(Stanford, California)
45§[aa] 2008–present [47]
Michael Bowden RHP Waubonsie Valley High School
(Naperville, Illinois)
47§[ab] 2008–2013 [47]
2006 Jason Place OF Wren High School
(Piedmont, South Carolina)
27 [48]
Daniel Bard RHP University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
28[ac] 2009–2013 [48]
Kris Johnson RHP Wichita State University
(Wichita, Kansas)
40§[ad] 20132014 [48]
Caleb Clay RHP Cullman High School
(Cullman, Alabama)
44§[ae] [48]
2007 Nick Hagadone LHP University of Washington
(Seattle, Washington)
55§[af] 20112015 [49]
Ryan Dent SS Wilson Classical High School
(Long Beach, California)
62§[ag] [49]
2008 Casey Kelly SS Sarasota High School
(Sarasota, Florida)
30 20122018 [50]
Bryan Price RHP Rice University
(Houston, Texas)
45§[ah] 2014 [50]
2009 Rey Fuentes OF Fernando Callejo High School
(Manatí, Puerto Rico)
28 20132017 [51]
2010 Kolbrin Vitek 2B Ball State University
(Muncie, Indiana)
20 [52]
Bryce Brentz OF Middle Tennessee State University
(Murfreesboro, Tennessee)
36§[ai] 2014–2016 [52]
Anthony Ranaudo RHP Louisiana State University
(Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
39§[aj] 2014–2016 [52]
2011 Matt Barnes '18 RHP University of Connecticut
(Storrs, Connecticut)
19[ak] 2014–present [53]
Blake Swihart '18 C V. Sue Cleveland High School
(Rio Rancho, New Mexico)
26[al] 2015–present [53]
Henry Owens LHP Edison High School
(Huntington Beach, California)
36§[am] 2015–2016 [53]
Jackie Bradley Jr. '18 OF University of South Carolina
(Columbia, South Carolina)
40§[an] 2013–present [53]
2012 Deven Marrero SS Arizona State University
(Tempe, Arizona)
24 2015–present [54]
Brian Johnson LHP University of Florida
(Gainesville, Florida)
31[ao] 2015–present [54]
Pat Light RHP Monmouth University
(West Long Branch, New Jersey)
37§[ap] 2016 [54]
2013 Trey Ball LHP New Castle Chrysler High School
(New Castle, Indiana)
7 [55]
2014 Michael Chavis SS Sprayberry High School
(Marietta, Georgia)
26 2019–present [56]
Michael Kopech RHP Mount Pleasant High School
(Mount Pleasant, Texas)
33§[aq] 2018 [56]
2015 Andrew Benintendi '18 OF University of Arkansas
(Fayetteville, Arkansas)
7 2016–present [57]
2016 Jay Groome LHP Barnegat High School
(Barnegat Township, New Jersey)
12 [58]
2017 Tanner Houck RHP University of Missouri
(Columbia, Missouri)
24 [59]
2018 Triston Casas 3B American Heritage School
(Plantation, Florida)
26 [60]
2019 no first-round pick[ar] [61]
2020 Nick Yorke 2B Archbishop Mitty High School
(San Jose, California)
17 [62]

See also

Footnotes

References

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