By: Andrew Nason
The MLB Draft rarely garners much attentions. In fact, aside for stories on the top 2-3 prospects, it tends to go almost unnoticed by the average baseball fan. Taking place after the season starts and consisting of 40 rounds, fans hardly know anything about the players who are drafted and honestly, unless it’s the number 1 pick, they hardly care at all. Most prospects don’t end up making the majors, and for those who do, it happens years after they are drafted. Some draft picks don’t even sign with the team that drafts them, instead opting to go to college. Many star players today were once unknown, middle round prospects who were thrown around in trades and bounces around the minor leagues for years.
To paint a better picture of how this happens, here are a few notable names in the major leagues today who were once actually drafted by your very own Boston Red Sox, and where they are now.
Note: All of these players were drafted at some point by the Red Sox, but never played for the major league club. Some players did not sign contracts when they were drafted.
Anthony Rizzo, 1st Base, Chicago Cubs
Charlie Blackmon, Outfield, Colorado Rockies
Alex Bregman, 3rd Base, Houston Astros
Steve Pearce, Outfield, Toronto Blue Jays
Hunter Renfroe, Outfield, San Diego Padres
Brandon Belt, 1st Base, San Francisco Giants
Yasmani Grandal, Catcher, Los Angeles Dodgers
Yan Gomes, Catcher, Cleveland Indians
Jason Castro, Catcher, Minnesota Twins
Anthony DeSclafani, Pitcher, Cincinnati Reds
Pedro Alverez, Infielder, Baltimore Orioles
So next year when the draft comes around, I’m not saying watch it, but maybe when it’s all said and done, see who your team drafted. There may just be some diamonds in the rough.
Photo: (Sports Illustrated)