The 2015 MLB Draft is here, and the Red Sox will pick early on. They won't pick more often than usual, as they surrendered their second-round pick and the extra competitive balance pick they got from the A's last summer in order to sign Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, but they still have 39 selections to make over the next three days.
You can watch who the Sox pick yourself starting at 7 pm eastern time, on either MLB.com or MLB Network. The first day of coverage will hit the first round, the sandwich round, the two competitive balance rounds, and the second round of the draft -- the Sox have just the one pick there, through the first 75 in the draft, so if you only care about them, you can shut off all the coverage shortly into the proceedings. On day two, though, they'll be on the board again in the third round through the 10th starting at 1 pm on MLB.com, and then day three will cover rounds 11 through 40 beginning at noon.
Here is the Red Sox draft order, broken down by round and pick number:
That first day will be relatively quiet, though, it will come with some kind of splash thanks to the seventh overall pick. Much of Boston's allotted draft pool comes from that selection, with $3,590,400 of their $6,223,800 total tied up in that spot. The Sox don't have to spend 100 percent of that nearly $3.6 million on whomever they pick seventh, of course, but should they fail to sign that selection, they will lose every dime of it in their budget.
2015 MLB draft: Red Sox a 'longshot' to draft Aike
There's little doubt that Brady Aiken will be available with the seventh overall pick, but the Red Sox are a longshot to reach for the former first overall selection.
As the Red Sox have the 22nd-biggest draft budget (or the ninth-smallest, really, but we're trying to be positive here), it's difficult to envision them drafting and signing a Ty Buttrey type later in the first round. Meaning, they might not have the ability to hand out a well over slot bonus to any of the picks from the first 10 rounds, as they are all under the draft budget umbrella, and failure to come to terms with them means a hit to an already small pool of available spending. Boston could always go college senior-heavy once more, as they did in 2012, in order to free up a few hundred thousand here and there to make it work, but that's probably the basic requirement if they plan on spending big on more than just their first selection.
The Sox are allowed to spend up to five percent above their draft pool, so they do have an "extra" $179,520 to play with, giving them an unofficial budget of $3,769,920. The only penalty is a tax on the dollars spent above the budget, so expect the Sox to go up against that expanded figure if they have to in order to sign someone they covet.
As for who they will take? That's still a bit up for grabs. Brady Aiken is a "longshot" but the Sox might be tempted if some of their favorites like Alex Bregman don't make it to seventh. Andrew Benintendi seems to be the favorite from most mocks at this late stage, however, but let's remember that who is going first overall still isn't 100 percent sure even though it's the day of the draft.