The Red Sox selected LHP Trey Ball the last time they had the No. 7 overall pick in 2013. (Darrell Snow/Greenville Drive)

Red Sox looking to 'take advantage' of having No. 7 overall pick in MLB Draft

June 05, 2015 - 11:35 am
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After the Red Sox make a selection with the seventh-overall pick in the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft Monday night, the organization will not select again until the third round. But, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and first-year Director of Amateur Scouting Mike Rikard are staying levelheaded when considering options for their top selection. "€œThis is one selection. Yes, we want to take advantage of it, but we have to sort of just keep in mind it is one selection, it is one decision amongst a lot of decisions on players that happens over the course of the year," Cherington said on a conference call Friday. "I feel confident about our ability to get talent out of the draft, likewise out of the international markets, and the No. 7 pick in 2015 is another opportunity to do that but we don'€™t need to put more weight on it than we need to." The Red Sox own the seventh-overall pick for the second time in the last three years. In 2013, the Sox selected left-handed pitcher Trey Ball out of New Castle High School at No. 7 from a highly-touted draft class that included the likes of current Cubs rookie Kris Bryant. Rikard said the talent in this year'€™s class is "pretty good," but noted the Red Sox'€™ selection could be impacted by how the first six picks play out. "€œI think this draft class may be a little non-typical, just because there still is some uncertainty in front of us," Rikard said on the conference call. "€œThere maybe hasn'€™t been those guys at the top of the draft that have kind of solidified themselves. So there is some gray area as far as what maybe the teams may do in front of us but we'€™re trying to just continue to weigh out all the options and we'€™ll continue to do so for the next few days." Rikard added: "We'€™re still very open-minded at the top of the draft. Obviously we'€™re well along in the process but we'€™re still considering a lot of options." The organization'€™s second selection will be made Tuesday with overall pick No. 81 (third round). The Red Sox will then select sixth in rounds four through 40. The organization lost its second-round pick after Pablo Sandoval rejected the Giants' qualifying offer when he was signed in the offseason. The Sox also gave up their pick in the competitive balance round B, which precedes the third round, as Hanley Ramirez also rejected a qualifying offer upon his signing. "I think the draft is really difficult," Cherington said. "I think one of the hardest things we do is try to project amateur talent and Mike [Rikard] and his staff have been working hard, really hard, to do that all spring. So whatever our selection is on Monday night, as Mike said before, is going to be based on what we feel is the best player for the Red Sox, not with any particular vision on when that player might get there. "It could lead us to a college player, it could lead us to a high school player, it could lead us to a player from some other place. We just have to take the player we think is best for the Red Sox."

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