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Thursday, May 31, 2018

A History of the Red Sox Drafting 26th




June 4th will be the 54th MLB Draft and the Red Sox will have the 26th pick. It will be the 7th team in history that the Red Sox will have the 26th pick. Let's see how they have done in the past.

Jeff Ledbetter 1982

The first time the Red Sox picked 26th it was in June of 1982 and they selected Jeff Ledbetter out of Florida State. Ledbetter played first base and would never make it to the majors. He would play five seasons in the minors never making it above AA. He would compile a .246 average and hit 43 homeruns

Reggie Harris 1987 

In 1987 the Red Sox would select Reggie Harris with the 26th overall pick. Harris was a right handed pitcher out of high school. Harris was left unprotected by the Sox in 1989 and the Athletics would draft in the Rule 5 draft. Harris would make his MLB debut in 1990. Harris would sign with the Red Sox as a free agent in May of 1996 and appear in four games with the Red Sox that year logging just over four innings pitched with a 12.46 ERA. Harris would pitch for five teams in a six year career. He would throw a total of 121 innings making one start and finishing his career with an ERA of 4.91

Josh Garrett 1996 

Josh Garrett was a right handed pitcher out of a high school in Indiana. He would never make it to the majors. He would spend six seasons in the minors never making it above AA. He would end his minor league career with a 5.24 ERA

Craig Hansen 2005 

Craig Hansen was a hard throwing right handed pitcher out of St. Johns. Hansen would make it to Boston just a few months after being drafted and showed flashes of greatness. Those flashes never seemed to last long though. Hansen would throw just over 71 innings in a Red Sox uniform with a 6.15 ERA. His biggest claim to fame was being part of the infamous 2008 three team trade that would send Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers and Jason Bay to the Red Sox. Hansen would end up on the Pirates. Hansen would just throw a little over 22 innings as a Pirate with a 6.95 ERA

Blake Swihart 2011 

Blake Swihart was drafted out of a high school in New Mexico and just two years ago he was the #1 prospect in the Red Sox system. Things have changed a bit as Swihart struggled to develop defensively as a catcher coupled with some injuries. The Red Sox still believe in him as shown by designating Hanley Ramirez for assignment. Swihart should get a good opportunity to prove himself.

Michael Chavis 2014 

Michael Chavis was drafted as SS out of a high school in Georgia. He battled some injuries and a position change to third base. Defensively he has struggled but had a breakout year in 2017 hitting 31 homers in the minor and shooting up the prospect rankings in the Red Sox system. Chavis was then suspended earlier this year for testing positive for a banned substance and is currently serving his suspension.

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