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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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Here's when to expect MLB's ruling in Red Sox sign-stealing investigation

Here's when to expect MLB's ruling in Red Sox sign-stealing investigation

It looks like the Boston Red Sox will have to wait even longer to hear the results of MLB's ongoing investigation into the 2018 team's alleged sign-stealing.

Commissioner Rob Manfred stated back on Feb. 16 he expected the investigation to conclude by the end of this week. On Tuesday, though, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported an announcement likely won't be made until early March.


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Of course, that means a ruling will come only a couple of days later than anticipated, but there's no doubt Sox fans are growing frustrated with the constant delays.

MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said Tuesday the league has concluded its interviews for the investigation.

“As of right now, we understand that the interviews that they were going to have and did have as well as the information they were gathering from beyond the player interviews has all happened,” Clark said, per The Boston Globe. “Now we’re just waiting for the decision itself.”

Multiple Red Sox players claim the 2018 team did nothing wrong and that there shouldn't be a punishment coming their way. If MLB does hand down punishments, the expectation is that they won't be severe.

Red Sox prospect quarantined amid coronavirus concerns

Red Sox prospect quarantined amid coronavirus concerns

The Boston Red Sox are playing it safe with one of their prospects during spring training. Not because of anything injury-related, but because of the coronavirus.

Taiwanese right-hander Chih-Jung Liu is being quarantined in a hotel room, as a team spokesman said the organization is using “an overabundance of caution" to guard against the virus, per The Boston Globe.

Liu, who arrived to the United States for his first spring training after being signed in October, provided an update on his status on his Facebook page. According to The Globe, the 20-year-old says he is "being delivered three meals a day, doing some weight training, and going for an occasional run." He's also spending his time online “watching information about the team” and reading.

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Taiwan currently has 31 confirmed cases of coronavirus to the United States' 57, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Liu flew from Taiwan to San Francisco prior to joining the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla. for spring training.

Liu expects to come out of quarantine and finally join his teammates on Saturday.