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May 29, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Red Sox Draft Preview: Part 1 of 4

It’s that time of year again, as the MLB First-Year Player Draft gets underway in less than a week, on the evening of Monday, June 4. The first round will kick off at 7:00 pm ET from Studio 42 at MLB Network in Secaucus, N.J., broadcast live on the MLB Network and MLB.com. Day One will include the first round and the supplemental compensation round. Day Two will start at noon on June 5, covering rounds 2 through 15, and Day Three will kick off at noon on June 6, covering rounds 16 through 40. Days Two and Three will be exclusively covered on MLB.com.

This will be the third draft with Director of Amateur Scouting Amiel Sawdaye at the helm of the Red Sox ship. Sawdaye’s previous two drafts have been quite impressive, although it’s obviously still very early in the evaluation process. He'll have options to add some more high-end talent this draft, as the Red Sox have 4 selections in the first 83 picks. However, there is a new twist this year, as under the new CBA, the club will have a $6,884,800 signing bonus cap.

Here on SoxProspects.com, we'll bring you pre-draft coverage all week leading up to June 4, this being the first of a four-installment draft preview. You can also follow Days One, Two, and Three of the draft here, as we’ll have live coverage of Boston’s selections on SoxProspects News, the Draft History page, and the @SoxProspects Twitter account. For now, here's some general information to whet your palette.

First Round Order
1. Houston
2. Minnesota
3. Seattle
4. Baltimore
5. Kansas City
6. Chicago (NL)
7. San Diego
8. Pittsburgh
9. Florida
10. Colorado
11. Oakland
12. New York (NL)
13. Chicago (AL)
14. Cincinnati
15. Cleveland
16. Washington
17. Toronto
18. Los Angeles (NL)
19. St. Louis (compensation for Albert Pujols)
20. San Francisco
21. Atlanta
22. Toronto (compensation for Tyler Beede)
23. St. Louis
24. Boston
25. Tampa Bay
26. Arizona
27. Milwaukee (compensation for Prince Fielder)
28. Milwaukee
29. Texas
30. New York (AL)
31. Boston (compensation for Jonathan Papelbon)

Red Sox Selections
Day One – 24 (1st round), 31 (1st), 37 (Suppl. )
Day Two – 81 (2nd), 118 (3rd), 151 (4th), and 23rd pick in rounds 5-15
Day Three – 23rd pick in rounds 16-40

Most Recent Selections at #24 Overall: Taylor Guerrieri, Gary Brown, Randal Grichuk, Anthony Hewitt, Michael Main, Cody Johnson, Brian Bogusevic, Landon Powell, Chad Billingsley, Joe Blanton

Most Recent Selections at #31 Overall: Mike Mahtook, Justin O’Conner, Brett Jackson, Shooter Hunt, Josh Smoker, Preston Mattingly, Matt Torra, JP Howell, Adam Miller, Greg Miller

Most Recent Selections at #37 Overall: Zach Cone, Taylor Lindsey, James Paxton, Conor Gillaspie, Travis d’Arnaud, Adrian Cardenas, Trevor Bell, Jon Poterson, Adam Jones, Steve Obbenchain

Informational Links
Red Sox Draft History - SoxProspects.com
Major League Rule 4 Summary - SoxProspects.com Wiki
2012 Draft Preview  – Perfect Game USA
Draft Coverage – Baseball America 

Red Sox Draft Preview Schedule
May 29: Red Sox Draft Preview Introduction
May 30 Red Sox Recent History & Draft Strategy
May 31: First Round Mock Draft
June 1: Potential Red Sox targets