The 2008 Major League Baseball draft will be held at 2 p.m. today and televised on ESPN2. The Red Sox will have the 30th pick of the draft. According to Baseball America via Extra Bases, the Sox might snag a first baseman as their first pick:
Baseball America just released its updated mock draft, and the respected trade publication has the Sox taking left-handed slugging first baseman David Cooper from Cal with the 30th pick of the first round. Cooper, who transferred to Cal from Cal-State Fullerton is listed at 6-1, 210 pounds.
Here's what BA said: "Though the Red Sox almost took (South Carolina SS David) Havens in the first round three years ago, they apparently will pass on him again. They'd love to see (Florida State catcher Buster) Posey or (Missouri right-handed pitcher Aaron) Crow fall this far because of their eight-figure demands, but that's a pipe dream. Boston likely will be choosing between (Tulane right-hander Steven) Hunt, Cooper, (Stanford catcher Jason) Castro (whom they drafted out of high school) and Rice reliever Bryan Price.''
Consider this an open thread for everything and anything draft day.
UPDATE: According to Jonathan Mayo from MLB.com, this pick is "anyone's guess." But he predicts a pitcher:
30. Boston Red Sox: Lance Lynn, RHP, University of Mississippi
The Red Sox are willing to go in any direction at any point in the draft, so this pick could be anyone's guess. There'd been a lot of talk about South Carolina's Reese Havens in this spot, and it wouldn't completely be a shock to take a shot at taking Anthony Hewitt. But Lynn's name has recently cropped up as a late-first round candidate.
Last projection: Lynn