Red Sox not among lucky teams in MLB Draft lottery
On Tuesday evening, the MLB held its second annual draft lottery at the Winter Meetings in Nashville. The Boston Red Sox were among the teams in contention for the top pick.
The MLB Draft lottery gives clubs that didn’t make the playoffs the year before a chance to select first overall and/or jump into the top six picks. Every such club has different odds at getting the top pick, in reverse order of the previous year’s standings.
After finishing last season at 78-84, the Red Sox came into the lottery slated for the 12th overall pick. They had a 1.1 percent chance of landing the first overall pick, and a 9.9 percent chance of moving into the top six.
In the end, the Red Sox ended up in their original spot of 12. That’s up two spots up from where they drafted last year.
Overall, there were only two teams with major movement. The first overall pick went to the Cleveland Guardians, who came in slotted ninth. The Cincinnati Reds, who came in with the 14th best odds and ended up with the second overall pick. That would have resulted in the Red Sox dropping a spot but the Mets, originally slated to pick ninth, were moved back 10 spots for exceeding the third competitive balance tax threshold.
This will be the fifth time in franchise history the Red Sox pick 12th overall. Their previous four have had mixed results, with only two of those players reaching the majors in shortstops Nomar Garciaparra (1994) and Adam Everett (1998). Garciaparra had a long successful career in Boston before being traded in 2004. Everett never played for the Red Sox – he was traded for Carl Everett in 1999 – but did go on to have a 11-year MLB career. They also used 12th overall picks to select pitchers Tom Fischer (1988) and Jay Groome (2016).
The 2024 MLB Draft will be held in Arlington, Texas as a part of All-Star Weekend.