On Monday, June 7, MLB will conduct its annual amateur player draft, and NESN baseball analyst Peter Gammons spoke with Red Sox assistant general manager Ben Cherington about the process.
“It starts in January,” Cherington told Gammons on Red Sox GameDay Live. “You dissect every player.”
It’s not just physical tools that the team breaks down — the mental aspect is huge.
“The scouts spend a lot of time in the homes talking to high school coaches and teachers and trainers,” Cherinton noted, “getting as much information as they can to paint a picture of what kind of people they are. The stronger they are mentally, the more able they are to deal with diversity and the things that come up as a professional player.”
In the end, the BoSox are focused on drafting the best player possible.
“We’re just looking for the best player — the player that we think will make the biggest impact in the organization,” Cherington said of the team’s philosophy within the first several team selections.
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