The Boston Red Sox farm system has improved significantly in recent years. Cheif baseball officer Chaim Bloom and Co. will look to add another can’t-miss prospect to the mix in the upcoming MLB Draft.
Last year, the Red Sox had the fourth overall pick and landed the consensus top prospect on the draft board: Marcelo Mayer. The young shortstop was projected by most experts to be selected No. 1 overall, but the Pittsburgh Pirates opted for Louisville catcher Henry Davis instead. Mayer has lived up to the hype so far in the minors, slashing .343/.397/.529 through 16 games this season with Low-A Salem.
This time, the Red Sox won’t be on the clock until pick No. 24. The Mayer-level prospects will be long gone by that point, but Boston other recent first-round selections Triston Casas (26th overall, 2018) and Nick Yorke (17th overall, 2020) are examples of why this year’s draft is worth your attention.
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So, who might the Red Sox consider taking with the No. 24 overall pick? With the 2022 draft only two months away, experts have started to put together their mock drafts. Here’s a roundup of their early predictions for Boston’s first-round selection.
Jonathan Mayo, MLB.com: Dylan Lesko, RHP, Buford HS, Ga.
Mayo: “Based on talent, Lesko is the best pitcher in this class, but it’s not easy to place a high schooler who…