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June 8, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Draft pick breakdown by level and region

With his second draft as Boston's Director of Scouting now in the books, it's time to take a look at 2011 draft haul by the Red Sox under Amiel Sawdaye. The team has historically taken a mix of college and high school talent, and with their four first picks, Boston did just that. On the first day of the draft, Boston selected a college pitcher (Matt Barnes), a high school catcher (Blake Swihart), a high school pitcher (Henry Owens), and a college outfielder (Jackie Bradley Jr.). Here's a breakdown of the team's 53 draft picks by level:

  • High School: 29
  • Junior College: 3
  • College: 21
For the second year in a row, the Red Sox selected more high school players than college players, a departure from the Jason McLeod era. From 2005-2009, 116 of Boston’s 256 picks (45.3%) were high school players, and 110 were college players (43.0%). In the first ten rounds this year, the team selected six college players, seven high school players, and one from junior college. But as was the case last season, many of their mid- and late-round selections were high school players.

The team also drafted players from all regions of the country. Here's a breakdown of the 2011 draftees by region, according to where they played baseball this spring:

  • Northeast: 9
  • Mid-Atlantic: 4
  • Southeast: 19
  • Southwest: 4
  • Midwest: 7
  • West: 6
  • Northwest: 2
  • Puerto Rico: 1
  • Canada: 1
As was the case last year, more of Boston's draft picks came from the Southeast than any other region, highlighted by five players from Georgia and three out of Florida. California was the state best represented in this year's Red Sox draft class with six players selected. While the wealth of players from the south and California is to be expected, perhaps more surprisingly is the wealth of players from the Northeast, highlighted by three Massachusetts products and a pair from New York and New Jersey.

To compare this year's break down with last year's class, click here.

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