With the 2013 MLB draft coming up on Friday, now is a good time to look back at how the Boston Red Sox’s previous first-round choices have fared. Some of them may lack the pedigree that made them one of the most talked-about players in the draft, but make no mistake—these guys are good.
They didn’t get taken in the first round by accident.
Boston has had a balanced approach over the years, not favoring any particular position for its top overall selection. This year, though, the team will have just one first-round choice, which is a dramatic shift from years past. Under the old collective bargaining agreement, Boston often had two or three of the top 40 selections.
With such added importance now put on the team’s No. 1 overall selection, let’s look at Boston's previous five choices and make some bold predictions about each player’s career.