Along with the All-Star festivities in Major League Baseball this week, the league is holding the 2023 MLB Draft this week. It’s the second year the league is holding the Draft concurrently with the All-Star Game, as opposed to the first week of July as they had in the past. The draft is being held in Seattle, across the street from the All-Star Stadium of T-Mobile Park at Lumen Field – home of the Seattle Seahawks.
The MLB Draft is also no longer the 40 round monstrosity that it used to be. Instead, the new iteration included 20 rounds over three days. Sunday night teams made their first and second round selections, with Rounds 3-10 on Monday and Rounds 11-20 on Tuesday. Picks begin at 2 p.m. ET on both days.
In total, the Red Sox own 22 picks over the 20 rounds of this year’s draft. In addition to their assigned 20 picks they also have two compensation picks in the fourth round for losing Xander Bogaerts and Nathan Eovaldi in free agency after both players were tendered qualifying offers by the team this summer.
Last year, the Red Sox and Chaim Bloom followed some strong draft trends. They used 12 of their 21 picks on college pitchers, and another five of the 21 on high school shortstops.
After the draft, the Red Sox will have until early August to sign their picks. Each draft pick is slotted for a certain signing bonus, although teams may over-draft or under-draft players to manipulate those values on a player-by-player basis.
As the Draft goes on, we’ll track the team’s selections one-by-one here with whatever information is available about the players. Let’s get started with the team’s first round pick from Sunday night, Kyle Teel.
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