The Red Sox’s 2011 draft class was a game-changer.

Boston drafted Matt Barnes, Blake Swihart, Mookie Betts, Henry Owens, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Travis Shaw that year. Each of those players are big parts of the Red Sox’s future.

“People in draft rooms always talk about how that can be a franchise changing date,” The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier said on NESN’s “Red Sox First Pitch” before Boston played the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. “Well, this group has a chance to be the evidence of that. … But if you get a few guys who are going to be franchise cornerstones for a number of years, then all of a sudden you’ve changed the outlook of an organization with one single day.”

Hear more from Speier in the video above.

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