Last Sox #7 Pick: Trot Nixon
Red Sox GM Ben Cherrington knows this is a big week for the future of his team. It's MLB draft week and the Sox have the #7 overall pick, the highest pick in 20 years.
The last time the Red Sox picked #7 they chose a young high school outfielder named Trot Nixon from North Carolina. They convinced him at the last moment possible to give up a college football scholarship and sign a pro baseball contract.
This week the Sox will again pick #7 in the draft - thanks to a miserable season and their 93 losses last year. That means the pressure is on GM Cherrington and his scouts to get the pick right.
There's a high school outfielder from Georgia named Clint Frazier that some experts say the Sox will grab if he is there at #7. Other experts say the team will take University of North Carolina 3rd baseman Colin Moran.
Whoever they take, that kid will become an instant millionaire when he signs a contract. The slotted amount for the #7 pick this year is just over $3.2-million-dollars.
The MLB draft begins Thursday at 6PM.
Some Red Sox draft history notes...
1965: The MLB draft and the Red Sox took outfielder Billy Conigliaro(Tony's younger brother) with their #4 pick.
1966: The first Red Sox pick ever out of the state of Maine - outfielder Harry Greenfield from Husson College was selected with their #264 pick.
1971: Jim Rice was chosen with their #15 pick.
1983: Roger Clemens was picked with their #19 pick.
1994: The Sox took Nomar Garciaparra with pick #12.
Never: The Red Sox have never had the #1 overall draft pick.