Trygg Larsson-Danforth, an all-Ivy League first baseman from Yale whom they made their 49th-round selection, the 1,493rd player taken overall.
"Whatever round it was, it didn't really matter," the 23-year-old recent grad beamed on Wednesday.
Watching the number of players drafted tick skyward became too much for Larsson-Danforth, a 6-6 left-handed slugger who was team MVP the last two seasons. Rather than keep watching, he went out to play a little golf, then grab some food at Oxford Creamery.
One of his assistant coaches at Yale led the parade of congratulatory phone calls once the pick was announced. Among the well-wishers was Ray Fagnant, Boston's long-time Northeast scout who went to Connecticut a couple weeks ago to work Larsson-Danforth out.
"I think that showed they were pretty serious about it," he said, reeling off a handful of other teams who'd shown interest. (Boston's success with fellow Yale player Ryan Lavarnway, who led the entire minor-league system with 21 homers last year, certainly didn't hurt.)
The next steps for the life-long Red Sox fan, once contract details are finalized, are likely a brief stop in Florida for a workout and medical checkup. He's certainly a candidate to see time for the short-schedule Lowell Spinners, whose season begins on June 18.