The Boston Red Sox know the importance of the Major League Baseball draft, having reaped the benefits of their 2011 draft class for most of the 2016 season.
Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Travis Shaw, Blake Swihart, Matt Barnes, Noe Ramirez and Henry Owens were among Boston’s selections that year, marking arguably the best draft class in franchise history.
It’ll be a few years before we know how the Red Sox’s 2016 draft class stacks up, but the club made noise on Day 1 by selecting a highly regarded high school pitcher with the 12th overall pick. The Red Sox picked 17-year-old left-hander Jason Groome, who was considered by many experts to be one of the most talented players in this year’s draft.
Boston then picked 21-year-old C.J. Chatham in the second round with the 51st overall pick. Chatham was an outfielder in high school before transitioning to shortstop at Florida Atlantic University.
The 2016 MLB Draft continues Friday and Saturday. Below is a complete list of Boston’s draft picks throughout the three days of the event.
Round 1 (12): Jason Groome, LHP, Barnegat H.S. (N.J.)
Round 2 (51): C.J. Chatham, SS, Florida Atlantic University
Round 3 (88): Shaun Anderson, RHP, Florida
Round 4 (118): Bobby Dalbec, 3B, Arizona
Round 5 (148): Mike Shawaryn, RHP, Maryland
Round 6 (178): Steve Nogosek, RHP, Oregon
Round 7 (208): Ryan Scott, LF, Arkansas — Little Rock
Round 8 (238): Alan Marrero, C, International Baseball Academy (Puerto Rico)
Round 9 (268): Matt McLean, CF, Texas — Arlington
Round 10 (298): Santiago Espinal, SS, Miami Dade CC South
Round 11 (328): Nick Quintana, SS, Arbor View HS (Nev.)
Round 12 (358): Matthew Gorst, RHP, Georgia Tech
Round 13 (388): Brady Bramlett, RHP, Ole Miss
Round 14 (418): Robby Sexton, LHP, Wright State
Round 15 (448): Michael Wilson, SS, Colonia HS (N.J.)
Round 16 (478): Alberto Schmidt, C, Colegio Angel David (Puerto Rico)
Round 17 (508): Nick Sciortino, C, Boston College
Round 18 (538): Trevor Stephan, RHP, Hill JC
Round 19 (568): Kyle Hart, LHP, Indiana
Round 20 (598): Nick Lovullo, SS, Holy Cross
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