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Red Sox draft picks 2019: Full list of selections for defending champs

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Red Sox draft picks 2019: Full list of selections for defending champs

The Boston Red Sox prospect pool is pretty weak after trades and promotions to the majors in recent years, but the team has a tremendous opportunity to change that outlook with a strong draft. 

The Red Sox didn't have a 2019 first-round pick as a result of luxury-tax penalties from 2018. The Sox were more than $40 million (!) above the luxury-tax threshold. It's not the most ideal outcome, but the team's high payroll allowed it to win the World Series last season, so the tradeoff certainly is one the team will take every time. The team's lackluster farm system, plus the uncertain futures of key veterans with contracts expiring soon, combine to make this draft a very important one for Boston.

The first player they selected, in the second round, 43rd overall, was University of Arizona infielder Cameron Cannon. Here's a scouting report on him.

Here are all the picks the Red Sox made in the three days of the draft that began Monday. 

Round 2: No. 43 — Cameron Cannon, 22, middle infielder (Arizona)
Round 2: No. 69 — Matthew Lugo, 18, shortstop (Carlos Beltran Academy in Puerto Rico)
Round 3: No. 107 — Ryan Zeferjahn, 21, pitcher (Kansas)
Round 4: No. 137 — Noah Song, 22, pitcher (Navy)
Round 5: No. 167 — Jaxx Groshans, 20, catcher (Kansas)
Round 6: No. 197 — Chris Murphy, 21, pitcher (San Diego)
Round 7: No. 227 — Brock Bell, 21, pitcher (State College of Florida Manatee - Sarasota)
Round 8: No. 257 — Wil Dalton, 21, outfielder (Florida)
Round 9: No. 287  — Cody Scroggins, 22,  right-handed pitcher (Arkansas)
Round 10: No. 317 — Stephen Scott, 21, outfielder (Vanderbilt)
Round 11: No. 347 — Sebastian Keane, 18, pitcher (North Andover High School)
Round 12: No. 377 — Brendan Cellucci, 20, pitcher (Tulane)
Round 13: No. 407 — Blake Loubier, 18, pitcher (Oviedo HS - Florida)
Round 14: No. 437 — Jordan Beck, 18, first baseman (Hazel Green HS - Alabama)
Round 15: No. 467 — Aaron Roberts, 18, pitcher (Desert Oasis HS - Nevada)
Round 16: No. 497 — Oraj Anu, 20, left fielder (George Wallace CC - Alabama)
Round 17: No. 527 — Alex Erro, 21, infielder (Northwestern)
Round 18: No. 557 — Jacob Herbert, 18, catcher (George Jenkins HS - Florida)
Round 19: No. 587 — Joe Davis, 22, first baseman (Houston)
Round 20: No. 617 — Reed Harrington, 20, pitcher (Spokane Falls CC)
Round 21: No. 647 — Dylan Spacke, 21, pitcher (Long Beach State)
Round 22: No. 677 — Dominic D'Alessandro, 22, first baseman (George Washington)
Round 23: No. 707 — Leon Paulino, 18, centerfielder (Florida Virtual School)
Round 24: No. 737 — Dean Miller, 22, center fielder (UC-Riverside)
Round 25: No. 767 — Karson Simas, 18, shortstop (Clovis West HS - California)
Round 26: No. 797 — Brandon Walter, 22, pitcher (Delaware)
Round 27: No. 827 — Devon Roedahl, 22, pitcher (Houston)
Round 28: No. 857 — Daniel Bakst, 21, shortstop (Stanford)
Round 29: No. 887 — Luke Bandy, 21, center fielder (Dallas Baptist)
Round 30: No. 917 — Nathan Martorella, 18, first baseman (Salinas HS - California)
Round 31: No. 947 — Feleipe Franks, 21, pitcher (Florida)
Round 32: No. 977 — Bradley Blalock, 18, pitcher (Grayson HS - Georgia)
Round 33: No. 1,007 — Thayer Thomas, 21, center fielder (N.C. State)
Round 34: No. 1,037 — Ryan Berardino, 22, first baseman (Bentley)
Round 35: No. 1,067 — Chris Mauloni, 20, right-handed pitcher (Jacksonville U.)
Round 36: No. 1,097 — Caleb Hill, 22, left-handed pitcher (U. of Montana)
Round 37: No. 1,127 — Connor Prielipp, 18, left-handed pitcher (Tomah HS - Wisconsin)
Round 38: No. 1,157 — Cameron Meeks,18, right-handed pitcher (Sam Houston HS - Louisiana)
Round 39: No. 1,187 — Sammy Faltine, 18, right-handed pitcher (Travis HS - Texas)
Round 40: No. 1,217 — Garrett Irvin, 20, left-handed pitcher (Riverside CC - California)

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Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers admits he still experiences anxiety before games

Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers admits he still experiences anxiety before games

Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers doesn't always have the easiest time preparing for games. 

After a breakout season in 2019 (.311, 32 homers, 115 RBI, .916 OPS), the 23-year-old has turned into one of Boston's best at the plate, but that doesn't mean he doesn't experience anxiety. 

The Boston Herald's Jason Mastrodonato sat down with Devers for an interview before the MLB postponed its season due to the coronavirus, and Devers indicated that he still feels a rush before games begin.

“The hardest thing I still go through is every game I still get this anxiousness of the game starting," Devers said, according to Mastrodonato. "It’s this happiness of being out there and being on the field and playing and getting over that anxiety. I’m just over-emotional about the opportunity and being out there playing.

“Because it’s not like a nervous thing, it’s more of an excited thing. That first inning is a big rush. But after that first inning settles, I get an at-bat and it’s like, alright, the game kind of settles. It’s just me being overly emotional about how happy I am.”

“It’s something I’ve been working on since I’ve been here. I’ve been working with previous people in the organization that led me to some of my breathing techniques that I do now. But it’s all about controlling myself. I know it. It’s still there and I’m still working on it. But I have gotten much better at it.”

Of course, you can tell that Devers can't wait to take the field -- he lights up like a kid on Christmas -- but you'd never know truly how emotional he gets. 

In three seasons with the Red Sox, Devers has hit .282 with 211 RBI, 63 home runs and a 5.8 WAR. Based on his 2019 stats, those pregame jitters must've been a little easier to deal with last season. 

Whatever's in store for the Red Sox in 2020, and whenever the baseball season begins, we should expect some big things from Devers in his fourth season.

Why was Red Sox great Bill Buckner trending on Twitter Friday night?

Why was Red Sox great Bill Buckner trending on Twitter Friday night?

R.I.P. Bill Buckner. Ten months later.

Why was the former Red Sox first baseman, who died on May 27, 2019, trending on Twitter Friday night?

It can apparently be traced to New York Times political writer Maggie Haberman on Friday afternoon tweeting a link to Buckner's obit from ESPN.com from the day he died of complications from Lewy body dementia at 69.

Haberman has 1.2 million Twitter followers and it appears some of them thought this was new news.

Former Boston Globe columnist and current MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle tweeted a Buckner tribute a few hours after Haberman's tweet. 

R.I.P Bill Bucker tweets followed well into Friday night, along with plenty informing the tweeter that Buckner had passed away months earlier. 

Haberman appeared to acknowledge her odd timing in a follow-up tweet.

No matter. As Barnicle points out, Buckner ought not to be remembered for the error that was the first line in his obit, but as a terrific hitter (2,715 hits, .289 career batting average, National League-leading .324 in 1980) in a 22-year major league career with five teams (Dodgers, Cubs, two stints with the Red Sox, Angels and Royals). 

And really, anytime is a good time to look back at that.