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2007 Amateur Draft begins

Hello Sports Fans,
The 2007 Amateur Draft began yesterday in Disney World, Florida, the first round broadcast on television for the first time in history.

The Red Sox are seeking to add impact players with this draft after adding solid depth to the farm system over the past several years.

"A few years ago, we couldn't afford to miss. Now that we've accumulated some players, we can take an educated risk." - Boston General Manager, Theo Epstein

The Red Sox selected Nick Hagadone with their first pick, 55th overall. A 6'-5", 230 lb, left-handed pitcher, Hagadone comes out of the University of Washington from the same program as Tim Lincecum. He commands a 90-93 mph fastball and plus slider. His change-up is described as a work in progress. Read more about him here.

Ryan Dent was the Sox' 2nd pick with the 62nd overall selection. Dent is an 18-year-old high school shortstop and has a scholarship to UCLA, though the Red Sox seem confident that they can sign the kid out of Long Beach. At 5'-10" and 174 lbs, Ryan has some growing to do, but this is another guy that the Red Sox had at the top of their draft board. The Sox' Front Office did not expect to land both Hagadone & Dent, and they're very excited about the way the first few rounds developed.

Boston also selected:
84th overall: 3B Hunter Morris (high school)
114th overall: RHP Brock Huntzinger (college)
144th overall: RHP Christopher Province (college)
174th overall: IF/RHP: William Middlebrooks (high school)
View brief scouting analysis here.

The opening picks of the first round were:
1st overall (TB): LHP David Price
2nd overall (KC): SS Michael Moustakas
3rd overall (CHC): 3B Josh Vitters (HS slugging prospect)
4th overall (PIT): LHP Daniel Moskos
5th overall (BAL): C Matthew Wieters (College slugging prospect; great arm)

Scott Boras, unfortunately, dominates the agent pool.

The draft continues today...