After opting to play the "high risk, high reward" card to select prized high schooler Jason Groome in the first round of last year’s MLB draft, the Red Sox took a more typical approach in 2017, starting off by nabbing one of the top college pitching prospects available at No. 24 and college prospects with six of the next nine picks.
The Sox did tap into the high school ranks with their second, fifth and seventh picks. In total, MLB.com ranked each of Boston’s first six selections among its top 200 prospects, while four rank in the top 50.
This year’s draft class does not include any players hailing from or educated in New England, although two players picked before the 10th round spent collegiate summers in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League.