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Draft History
2018
Rafael Devers - protection
19 - Jack Flaherty
49 - Danny Barnes
79 - John Brebbia
109 - Jordan Luplow
139 - Chih-Wai Hu

2017
Andrew Benintendi - protection
19 - Seung-hwan Oh
75 - Boone Logan
79 - Michael Martinez
104 - Joey Wendle
109 - Jeff Mathis
  
2016
Blake Swihart - protection
8 - Eduardo Rodriguez
23 - Henry Owens
24 - Colin Rea
38 - Travis Jankowski
84 - Zach Godley
128 - Steve Geltz

2015
Mookie Betts - protection
6 - Marco Gonzalez
96 - Mike Morin
126 - Steven Wright

2014
Xander Bogaerts - protection
3 - Travis d'Arnaud
4 - Kolton Wong
34 - Seth Maness
39 - Caleb Thielbar
134 - Carlos Torres
135 - Drake Britton

2013
Will Middlebrooks - protection
7 - A.J. Griffin
31 - Martin Perez
95 - Cesar Izturis
127 - John Hester

2012
Jose Inglesia - protection
4 - Johnny Giavotella
5 - Zack Cozart
12 - Drew Pomeranz
91 - Jose Arredondo

2011
Ryan Kalish - protection
19 - Wilson Ramos
23 - Lars Anderson
41 - Josh Bell
73 - Matt Treanor
83 - David Pauley
109 - Yuniesky Maya

2010
Daniel Bard - protection
26 - Ryan Roberts
116 - Eli Whiteside
145 - Corky Miller
146 - Kip Wells

2009
Jed Lowrie - protection
35 - Brad Ziegler
80 - Arthur Rhodes
95 - Brent Lillibridge
103 - German Duran

2008
Daisuke Matsuzaka - protection
1 - Jacoby Ellsbury
38 - Jack Cust
78 - Jack Taschner
89 - Tim Byrdak
91 - Brian Wolfe
94 - Justin Miller
150 - Mike Rouse

2007
Jon Lester - protection
3 - Boof Bonser
33 - Eliezer Alfonzo
60 - Reggie Abercrombie
63 - Vinny Castilla
93 - Jae-Kuk Ryu
101 - Juan Morillo
123 - Joe Nelson

2006
Hanley Ramirez - protection
3 - Ryan Langerhans
22 - Paul Maholm
33 - Hayden Penn
63 - Eduardo Perez
123 - Darrell Rasner
150 - Jeff Bajenaru

2005
Kevin Youkilis - protection
22 - Ryan Howard
26 - Ben Hendrickson
100 - Choo Freeman
101 - Jamey Wright

2004

Jason Shiell - protection
24 - Wilson Alvarez
54 - Scott Linebrink
81 - Stephen Randolph
93 - Kevin Witt
108 - Brian Banks

2003
Bryant Nelson - protection
18 - Chad Moeller
34 - Mike Koplove
124 - Rudy Seanez

2002
Shea Hillenbrand - protection
7 - Chris Rietsma
11 - Josh Towers
23 - Victor Zambrano
37 - Bobby Kielty
127 - Mark Johnson

2001
29 - Ryan Vogelsong
46 - Grant Roberts
54 - Morgan Burkhart
86 - Tom Evans
106 - Nate Rolison
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John Ardry 2002-2018
Keith Bernard 1995-2001
Troy Adam 1989-1994

Formally the Boston Red Sox ('89-'18)

Overall Record
Win Loss Pct
2344 2481 .486
Est. 1989
Owner: Scott Eggen - (Interm)
NBC-Dynasty Champions - 1990
Red Sox series #1 thru #20 Instruction sheet
American League Pennant
1990

AL East Pennant
1989
1990
1995
1996
1997
2018

AL Wild Card
2009
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Boston Red Sox Award winners

Most Valuable Player
2009 - Ryan Howard
1989 - Wade Boggs

Silver Sluggers
2010 - Hanley Ramirez - SS
2009 - Ryan Howard - 1B
2009 - Aaron Miles - 2B

2017: 87-75, 2nd in AL East, Draft Position 19

Overview: People may be overlooking the Red Sox. The team has not made the playoffs since it won the wildcard in 2009 and has not won the AL East – which I like to think of as the land of misfit teams - since a 3-year run from 1995-7. It had a solid season last year but ended up falling 7 games behind San Diego for the second wildcard. It has yet to make a transaction. So, it would be easy to think this team is once again going nowhere.

However, this team should not be overlooked. It is deep and it is loaded with talent. I am not sure where it came from. The team’s draft record is not bad (Kolton Wong taken 4th in 2014) but not extraordinary (Travis d’Arnaud taken 3rd in 2014). The parent club has supplied some good players (obviously), but it has not been consistent (Blake Swihart). The talent must have come through transactions. I do not know if this team has gotten lucky in trades, if it just has hit on a bunch of people at the same time, or if there is a grand strategy. But the fact of the matter is the talent is now here. This team has at least 7 regulars under 30 who should be good for a while. It could be another dynasty.

There are two things this team needs. 1) Players. Specifically, this team is a #2 starter, and couple of relievers away from being a legitimate World Series Contenders. 2) An Instruction Sheet. Well-thought out instruction sheets can get wins by managing players well but also by forcing the opposing owner to pay attention to what is going on in a game. Boston, for years, has had very low-maintenance instruction sheets where there is little pinch-hitting and very straightforward bullpen usage. This team, depending on if and when there are trades, has the depth for warranting at least some pinch-hitting. This could really make other owners take them more seriously and steal some wins.

This may be this team’s moment. It should take it.

Starting Rotation: Zack Godley. Maybe the owners in Arizona have developed opinions about Zack Godley, but he surprises me. He walks people but does not give many hits or home runs. He is not a dominant ace but given the offense behind him, he should be able to run with all but the best. He will be a liability in a playoff series probably and that might be a reason to upgrade that. But he will win some games.

After that, however, Boston could use some help. The next 3 pitchers are all lefties: Eduardo Rodriguez, Drew Pomeranz and Jon Lester. I think there are some teams out there that will feast on lefties and Boston will drop some series against them. But the bigger problem is that these pitchers give up home runs. Lester is a traditional lefty who is better against lhb, but Pomeranz and Rodriguez are actually better against rhb. This is ordinarily strong in this game although some teams could exploit this when Boston is on the road. However, I think they may give up too much power. Any of them are solid #3 starters, but the team could use a real number #2. #5 starter Jason Hammel also gives up the long-ball.

Bullpen: Boston took a risk on taking Seung-hwan Oh in the first round last year. It may not have paid off. He has a closer rating, but he is weak against lefties. Fortunately, the team has Darren O’Day who is not a closer but seems pretty dominant. If the two are managed well, they can close games. But Boston needs a bigger pen. It seems like relievers are going to go very quickly in the draft this year.

Starting Lineup: This team may have the best offense after Atlanta. It is hard to say because unlike other premium line-ups, this team is not loaded with power. Further, their catchers do not hit well. But 1 through 8, this team gets on base at an alarming rate. Tommy Pham, Eric Hosmer, Eugenio Suarez, Kolton Wong and Jacoby Ellsbury all will give righties problems. This team is going to old-school chase starters early. If the team sets up the platoons right, they should be able to get to lefties as well. Both third baseman, Suarez and David Freese, crush lefties. One should dh. Rookie third-baseman Rafael Devers only has 57 PA’s versus lefties, otherwise he would be more dominating.

Defense and Speed: There are some issues on this team that will have to get worked out in spring training. Kole Calhoun would help defensively but he does not hit as well but as the other outfielders. I do not know how the math works there. Freese is not as good a hitter as Suarez but is awesome defensively. Mathis is a good defensive catcher but Ramos is a better hitter. So this is going to have to be worked out and may call for a good instruction sheet. But there are not real weaknesses.

Bogaerts does not hit righties very well (though he is not bad), but he will steal bases. This can be very helpful at the bottom of the order. Pham, Ellsbury and Benintendi will also steal a bunch of bases.

Surplus/Deficiencies: Here is what people need to pay attention to. This team has two third baseman (Suarez and Freese) and also Devers. The team has a bunch of center fielders: Pham, Ellsbury, and Benintendi. For what he is worth, the team also has Jose Bautista. One of these guys has to be a dh. Nevertheless, there is at least one full time player this team can move. As I mentioned, to make the playoffs, I think they could use a #2 starter and bullpen help. They could use some PA’s at catcher. If they are going to go somewhere in the playoffs, they may need a better ace.

Outlook: It is just hard to tell what this team will do. The talent seems to be there to win right now and maybe for the next few years. But the team needs work. Without that work, it could be in for another mid-80’s season, sitting on the outside of the playoffs looking in. Other teams in the AL East have ability to work their way in. If the team goes all in, I am not sure they could be stopped. But will they?

The way this team has been put together is quite impressive and the solid depth of talent is enviable. It will be interesting to see if that could be steered into a dynasty.
Red Sox series #21 on Instruction sheet
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