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June 4, 2008 at 1:27 PM

2008 Red Sox Draft Preview

The 2008 MLB Amateur Draft is scheduled to get underway Thursday, June 5, at 2:00 pm in Orlando, Florida. The first round will be televised on ESPN2. In the first round, teams will have five minutes to make their respective selections. After that, teams only have 30 seconds to make their picks. The first day of the draft will go five rounds, while rounds 6 through 50 will take place on Friday. Below is a preview and guide of what Red Sox fans can expect from the 2008 draft.

Informational links
Red Sox Draft History - SoxProspects.com
Major League Rule 4 Summary - SoxProspects Wiki
2008 Draft Order - PG Crosschecker
Top 200 Prospects- Baseball America, May 23
Jim Callis Draft Chat - Baseball America, May 30
MiLB.com draft page - regularly updated

Recent News Links

First Round Mock Draft
courtesy of SoxProspects moderator amfox1
1. (TB) Buster Posey - C, Florida State
2. (PITT) Pedro Alvarez - 3B, Vanderbilt
3. (KC) Eric Hosmer - 1B, American Heritage HS (FL)
4. (BALT) Brian Matusz - LHP, San Diego
5. (SF) Tim Beckham - SS, Griffin HS (GA)
6. (FLA) Yonder Alonso - 1B, Miami
7. (CIN) Aaron Crow - RHP, Missouri
8. (CWS) Gordon Beckham - SS, Georgia
9. (WAS) Kyle Skipworth - C, Patriot HS (CA)
10. (HOU) Justin Smoak - 1B, South Carolina
11. (TEX) Shooter Hunt - RHP, Tulane
12. (OAK) Brett Wallace - 1B, Arizona State
13. (STL) Aaron Hicks - OF, Wilson HS (CA)
14. (MIN) Christian Friedrich - LHP, Eastern Kentucky
15. (LAD) Zach Collier - OF, Chino Hills HS (CA)
16. (MIL) Anthony Hewitt - SS/3B, Salisbury School (CT)
17. (TOR) Brett Lawrie - C/3B, Brookswood SS (BC)
18. (NYM) Andrew Cashner - RHP, TCU
19. (CHC) Casey Kelly - SS, Sarasota HS (FL)
20. (SEA) Ryan Perry - RHP, Arizona
21. (DET) Gerrit Cole - RHP, Orange Lutheran HS (CA)
22. (NYM) Jason Castro - C, Stanford
23. (SD) Joshua Fields - RHP, Georgia
24. (PHI) Ethan Martin - 3B, Stephens County HS (GA) (projects as a RHP)
25. (COL) Jake Odorizzi - RHP, Highland HS (IL)
26. (ARI) Jemile Weeks - 2B, Miami
27. (MIN) Conor Gillaspie - 3B, Wichita State
28. (MFY) Brett DeVall - LHP, Rutherford HS (FL)
29. (CLE) Tim Melville - RHP, Wentzville Holt HS (MO)
30. (BOS) Reese Havens - SS, South Carolina
Supplemental Round
1. (MIN) David Cooper - 1B, California
2. (MIL) Wade Miley - LHP, SE Louisiana
3. (NYM) Ike Davis - OF, Arizona State
4. (PHI) Kyle Lobstein - LHP, Coconino HS (AZ)
5. (MIL) Allan Dykstra - 1B, Wake Forest
6. (KC) Brett Hunter, RHP, Pepperdine
7. (SF) Isaac Galloway - OF, Los Osos HS (CA)
8. (HOU) Ross Seaton - RHP, Second Baptist HS (TX)
9. (STL) Mike Montgomery - LHP, Hart HS (CA)
10. (ATL) Zeke Spruill - RHP, HS (GA)
11. (CHC) Robbie Ross - LHP, HS (KY)
12. (SD) Tyson Ross - RHP, California
13. (ARI) Daniel Schlereth, LHP, Arizona
14. (MFY) Chris Carpenter - RHP, Kent State
15. (BOS) Tyler Sample - RHP, Mullen HS (CO)
16. (SD) Dennis Raben - OF/1B, Miami

Red Sox Day 1 Selection Order
30. 1st round pick
45. supplemental round pick (for Eric Gagne)
77. 2nd round pick
85. 3rd round pick (for Hunter Morris)
108. 3rd round pick
142. fourth round pick
162. 5th round pick

Players reportedly linked to the Red Sox
Early Picks
Reese Havens, SS, South Carolina
Lance Lynn, RHP, University of Mississippi
Kyle Lobstein, LHP/OF, AZ (HS)
Gerrit Cole, RHP, CA (HS)
Daniel Schlereth, LHP Arizona
Zach Putnam, RHP, Michigan
Petey Paramore, C, Arizona State
Brett Wallace, 1B/3B, Arizona State
Adrian Nieto, C, FL (HS)
Brett Lawrie, C/SS, Canada (HS)
Jason Castro, C/IF, Stanford
Casey Kelly, SS, Florida HS
Matt Marquis, OF, NJ (HS)
Jake Odorizzi, RHP, KY (HS)
Tim Federowicz, RHP/C/OF, NC (HS)
Ricky Oropesa, 3B, CA (HS)
Allan Dykstra, 1B, Wake
Later Picks
Ryan Hinson, LHP, Clemson
Matt Fitts, RHP, Lewis-Clark
Ryan Westmoreland, OF, RI (HS)
Abe Ruiz, 3B/RHP, CA (HS)
Charlie Blackmon, OF/LHP, Ga Tech
Anthony Desclafani, RHP, NJ (HS)
Brandon Kuykendall, OF, WA (HS)
Jake McCarter, RHP, Oklahoma
Seth Garrison, RHP, TCU
Ridge Carpenter, OF, Hartnell College
Pete Hissey, OF, PA(HS)

Red Sox Expressed Areas of Need & Interest
College Catchers
Corner Infielders with Power
High School Pitchers with high upside

High School Players who may slip due to signability reasons
See Ask BA - Jim Calls, Baseball America, May 26
First Round talent
1B Eric Hosmer (FL)
RHP Gerrit Cole (CA)
RHP/SS Casey Kelly (FL)
RHP Alex Meyer (IN)
RHP Sonny Gray (TN)
Supplemental/Early Round Talent
OF Xavier Avery (GA)
LHP Nick Maronde (KY)
LHP Brett Mooneyham (CA)
LHP Dan Hultsen (DC)
Kyle Lobstein (AZ)
LHP TJ House (MS)
LHP Brett Marshall (TX)
RHP Austin Discharry (TX)

Local players projected to be drafted
(all projected to be drafted after the 10th round unless otherwise noted)
Keith Landers - LHP, St. Peter-Marian (round 5-10)
Scott Weismann - RHP, Acton-Boxborough (round 5-10)
Mike Lyon - SS, Northeastern
Dan Houston - RHP, Boston College
Nick Asselin - RHP, Boston College
Terry Doyle - RHP, Boston College
Blane O'Brien - RHP, Scituate
New Hampshire
Scott Savastano - IF, Franklin Pierce
Rhode Island
Ryan Westmoreland - OF, Portsmouth HS (round 5-10)
Anthony Meo - RHP, Cranston West
Ryan Flaherty - SS, Vanderbilt (Portland) (round 2-5)
Curt Smith - OF, Maine
Anthony Hewitt - IF, Salisbury (round 1-3)
Ryan Lavarnway - C/OF, Yale (round 5-10)
Chris Dwyer - LHP, Salisbury (round 5-10)
James Esposito - 3B, Amity Regional (round 5-10)
Will Jolin - RHP, Gulliford
Jimmy Fuller - LHP, So. Conn. St.
Chris Gloor - LHP, Quinnipiac
Eric Turgeon - RHP/3B, U-Conn
Brian Irving - RHP, Yale