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Portland Press Herald
Jason Place's emotions ran the gamut on draft day a year ago.
Considered one of the top high school baseball players in the country, the former Wren High School player was confident he would be selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft.
But you never know.
Place, now the center fielder for the Greenville Drive, the Class A South Atlantic League affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, was in Albuquerque, N.M., to play in a high school All-American game when the draft took place. He found it hard to relax on the eve of the draft.
"I wouldn't say I got much sleep," Place said, smiling. "I had a roommate I had known for a long time who was a pitcher. We pretty much stayed up the whole night talking because we couldn't sleep. We were pretty antsy."
Boston did get compensation picks when it lost Type B free agents Alex Gonzalez and Keith Foulke. Those picks are sandwiched between the first and second round. The Red Sox will have the 55th and 62nd overall picks. Their second-round pick is the 85th overall.
"You never know who is going to fall," said Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein. "You prepare for the unexpected."
Epstein has good reason to be optimistic. Look at some of their home-grown talent:
• Kevin Youkilis, eighth round, 2001.
• Jon Lester, second round, 2002.
• Jonathan Papelbon, fourth round, 2003.
• Dustin Pedroia, second round, 2004.
"We think we can make an impact," Epstein said.
Expect the Red Sox to go after kids.
"The strength of this year's draft is high school," said Jason McLeod, Boston's director of amateur scouting. "The top of the college pitching is OK. At the positions, it's one of the weakest (years for college players)."