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June 9, 2010 at 4:57 PM

2010 Draft: Breakdown by level and region

Prior to the 2010 Draft, many were wondering whether or not new Director of Amateur Scouting Amiel Sawdaye would follow the draft strategies and tendencies of his predecesor, Jason McLeod. As we discussed as part of Draft Preview Series, under McLeod the Red Sox had tended to pick a diversified mix of high school, junior college, and college players, from pretty much all over the country. Now that the picks are all in, let's take a look at who the Sox selected by level and region:

Picks by Level:
  • High School: 34
  • Junior College: 2
  • College: 16
After spending its first four picks and six of the first ten on college players, the rest of the Red Sox draft was dominated by high school players. This ran somewhat against the league-wide trend, which saw a run of high-upside high school picks in the early rounds. It should also be noted that of the college players selected in the later rounds by the Red Sox, several were seniors, players likely to fill out the Lowell roster this summer. As usual, Boston picked very few junior college players.

Picks by Region:
  • Northeast: 6
  • Mid-Atlantic: 1
  • Southeast: 21
  • Southwest: 9
  • Midwest: 4
  • West: 9
  • Northwest: 1
  • Puerto Rico: 1
The early picks for Boston came from all over the country, but the late picks trended dramatically in the direction of players from the southeast. The Red Sox were particularly active in Florida and Louisiana, which accounted for 12 of the team's 52 picks. California was also popular with seven picks, as was Texas with five.