Following a 9-5 loss to the Yankees on Sunday, the Red Sox fell to 71-91, leaving the club with the sixth-worst record in the league. That means Boston will have the seventh overall pick in the 2015 draft. (Houston has a compensation pick locked in at No. 2 overall for the failure to sign 2014 No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken). The first 11 picks of the 2015 draft, which cannot be forfeited due to free-agency signings, will be as follows:
8. Chicago (AL)
9. Chicago (ML)
In addition to the No. 7 overall pick in 2015, the Red Sox could be in a position to earn a compensation pick if the club offers reliever Koji Uehara a qualifying offer, he declines, and he signs with another team. Depending on the number of other qualifying free agents who sign elsewhere across the league, that pick would generally be in the No. 28 to No. 35 range. Boston also has other free agents who could sign elsewhere, but none who are expected to receive a qualifying offer, which is a prerequisite for draft compensation.
The Red Sox will also have the sixth pick in each of rounds 2 through 40, which should place their pick in the No. 45 to No. 50 overall range.
As part of the Jon Lester trade, the Red Sox also own Oakland’s 2015 competitive balance round draft pick. The pick is the second selection in Round B, which is held between the second and third rounds of the draft, and is expected to be in the No. 70 overall range. This pick can be forfeited if Boston signs another team’s qualifying free agent.
As it stands at this very early stage, the top prospects in the 2015 draft include left-hander Brandy Aiken, the No. 1 overall pick in 2014, who the Astros were unable to sign. It’s unclear where Aiken will play in 2015 at this point. Others include right-hander Phil Bickford, the No. 10 overall pick in 2013; center fielder Daz Cameron, the son of former Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron; Duke right-hander Michael Matuella, a possible No. 1 overall pick; LSU shortstop Alex Bregman, who Boston selected in the 29th round in 2012; prep shortstop Brendan Rodgers, one of the top high school players in the nation; and Vanderbilt righty Walker Buehler, who was named the top prospect in the 2014 Cape Cod League by Baseball America.