Boston Red Sox Draft History

All tables below are based on the amount of WAR each player produced during their first seven seasons in Major League Baseball. The WAR totals for each draft class include both Pitching and Hitting WAR, but excludes any player that did not sign with their drafting team. The total WAR also reflects the total value the drafted player provided, not just the value to his drafting team.

*Data accurate through 2019 season.

Top Five Draft Classes

1976Boston Red Sox79.1
1989Boston Red Sox71.1
2011Boston Red Sox64.5
1983Boston Red Sox46.1
1994Boston Red Sox43.1

Bottom Five Draft Classes

1992Boston Red Sox-1.8
1979Boston Red Sox-1.4
1977Boston Red Sox-1.2
1978Boston Red Sox0.0
1974Boston Red Sox0.3
This list excludes any season past 2010, since those draft classes have a multitude of active players.

Top Five Draft Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
19767166Wade Boggs51.7
1983119Roger Clemens43.7
19894110Jeff Bagwell42.3
20115172Mookie Betts37.2
1994112Nomar Garciaparra32.7
List made from top five WAR values alone.

Five Biggest Busts

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
196713Mike Garman0.7
196515Billy Conigliaro3.9
1988112Tom FischerNo MLB Experience
1969113Noel JenkeNo MLB Experience
1977113Andrew MaddenNo MLB Experience
List made from first round picks that produced less than 5.0 WAR in their first seven seasons and ordered by lowest overall pick.

Top Five Value Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
199719581David Eckstein14.5
196822507Bill Lee14.0
199413355Carl Pavano13.7
200617523Josh Reddick12.7
198016413Oil Can Boyd11.8
List made from top five WAR values where a player was drafted outside of the first ten rounds.

Top Five Unsigned Draft Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
19989265Mark Teixeira31.8
200727834Yasmani Grandal27.4
201229901Alex Bregman20.5
198420510Jack McDowell20.2
199622661Aaron Harang18.3
List made from top five WAR values where a player did not sign with the team.

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