Mason: Cheat sheet for the Top 10 Red Sox draft picks

AP PhotoWith 40 rounds to go through, Dave Dombrowski had a busy week at the MLB Draft. 

Major League Baseball's draft is unique in a few different ways — it's 40 rounds and most guys are years away from the majors — but none is more distinct than the anonymity of most of the players drafted. 

So who the heck are the newest members of the Red Sox farm system? Fear not, we've got a cheat sheet of Boston's 10 highest picks for you: 

Round 2, Pick 43: Cameron Cannon

SS, University of Arizona, Jr.

The Sox didn't have a first rounder because they blew past the highest luxury tax penalty and were forced to drop 10 spots, so their first selection came at pick No. 43. They went with shortstop Cameron Cannon, a force at Arizona this year.

Cannon doubled (29) as many times as he struck out (29) in 2019, leading all of NCAA Division 1 hitters in the category. Alex Cora knows one of his college coaches, Sergio Brown, and offered a brief scouting report.  

"Good defender up the middle," Cora told reporters in Kansas City. "The bat will play, that’s what everybody’s saying."  

Round 2, Pick 69: Matthew Lugo 

SS, Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy, HS Sr. 

Cora is more familiar with Boston's second selection, Matthew Lugo, as he's also from Puerto Rico — and the nephew of close friend Carlos Beltran.

Just 18 years old, Cora had rave reviews for Lugo's game — the Sox were surprised he was still around at No. 69 — but was adamant that he didn't have any input on the pick. 

“None, none whatsoever. Know the kid from going to the academy, very disciplined, good athlete," Cora said. "I’m glad that it happened. We have some talent down there, but everybody knew last year he was the best player in Puerto Rico and I’m glad we had a shot to get him and we did.”

Round 3, Pick 107: Ryan Zeferjahn

RHP, University of Kansas, Jr. 

Ranked the 57th best player in the draft by Baseball America, Ryan Zeferjahn is a big guy with a big arm. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound righty has a fastball that lives in the mid-90s, and has reportedly been clocked as high as 98 mph.

At (5-2) with a 3.97 ERA, Zeferjahn's numbers don't jump off the page at you, but he allowed three runs or fewer in 12 of his 15 starts. 

Round 4, Pick 137: Noah Song

RHP, U.S. Naval Academy, Sr.

The Red Sox took a fascinating gamble in the fourth round.

Noah Song was tabbed as a first-round talent — he's a Golden Spikes finalist — but his availability is going to be a question mark going forward. A pitcher at the Naval Academy, Song may not be able to pitch for two years because of his military commitment. If things break Boston's way, the high-octane arm could end up being the steal of the draft.

Round 5, Pick 167: Jaxx Groshans

C, University of Kansas, Jr.

As Zeferjahn works to sharpen his pitches, he'll be throwing to a familiar glove. Jaxx Groshans, a fellow Kansas Jayhawk, was selected 60 picks after his college teammate.

A catcher with some pop, Groshans had 12 home runs, 46 RBIs and a .340 batting average, all of which led his team. 

Round 6, Pick 197: Chris Murphy

LHP, University of San Diego, Sr.

An intriguing lefty, Chris Murphy had success as he struggled through control issues out on the west coast. Murphy walked 43 batters in 64 innings this spring, but was still able to post a 3.50 ERA. 

Round 7, Pick 227: Brock Bell

RHP, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota, Jr.

The next Shohei Ohtani?

Probably not, but Brock Bell was recruited as a two-way player. The son of All-Star Jay Bell, the younger right-hander needed Tommy John surgery in 2018, but rebounded nicely in seven appearances this spring.

And a fun fact: The State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota teams are nicknamed The Manatees. 

Round 8, Pick 257: Wil Dalton

CF, University of Florida, Jr.

An outfielder with a bit of power, Wil Dalton actually put up better numbers in 2018 than 2019, so it'll be curious to see whether he signs with the Sox or decides to return to Florida for his senior year to elevate his draft stock. 

Round 9, Pick 287: Cody Scroggins

RHP, University of Arkansas, Sr.

An oddly similar path to Bell's, Cody Scroggins came to Arkansas as a two-way player, but had his collegiate career derailed by Tommy John. Used as a starter and reliever in the highly competitive SEC, Scroggins struck out 53 batters in 43 innings of work.  

Round 10, Pick 317: Stephen Scott

OF, Vanderbilt University, Sr. 

Stephen Scott was quite a versatile player at Vanderbilt, both catching and playing the outfield. The 5-foot-11, 200 pounder hit .335 this season and flashed power too, homering 11 times. 

Chris Mason is a Red Sox beat writer for the Gloucester Daily Times and CNHI Sports Boston. Email him at, and follow him on Twitter at @ByChrisMason