2015 Red Sox homegrown roster

It has been reported that when Theo Epstein ran the Red Sox, one of his goals was to have a team all made from homegrown talent.

The Red Sox might be closer to that look than you think.

In 2015 this could be the team roster in Boston….

C Ryan Lavarnway  drafted as a Junior at Yale and given a $325,00 salary bonus in the sixth round #202 by Boston in 2008

Blake Swihart playing for Team USA

Blake Swihart playing for Team USA

C Blake Swihart   drafted out of high school and given a $2,500,00 salary bonus in the first round # 26 by Boston in 2011

1B Will Middlebrooks  drafted out of high school and given a $925,000 salary bonus in the fifth round # 174 by Boston in 2007

2B Dustin Pedroia  drafted as a Junior at Arizona State and given a $525,000 salary bonus in the second round #65 by Boston in 2004

2B Garin Cecchini  drafted out of high school and given a $1,375,000 salary bonus in the fourth round #143 by Boston in 2010

SS Jose Iglesias  signed as an International free agent 19 year old from Cuba for a $6,250,000 salary bonus (included four year contract) by Boston in 2009

SS Deven Marrero  drafted as a Junior out of Arizona State and given a $2,050,000 salary bonus in the first round #24

3B Xander Bogaerts  signed as an International free agent 16 year old from Aruba for a $510,000 salary bonus by Boston in 2009

LF Ryan Kalish  drafted out of high school and given a $600,000 salary bonus in the ninth round # 283 by Boston in 2006

CF Jacoby Ellsbury  drafted as a Junior out of Oregon State and given a $1,400,000 salary bonus in the first round #23 by Boston in 2005

RF Jackie Bradley  Junior drafted as a Junior at South Carolina and given a $1,100,000 salary bonus in the second round #40 by Boston in 2011

OF Brandon Jacobs  drafted out of high school and given a #750,000 signing bonus (because he had NCAA football offers) in the tenth round #318 by Boston in 2009

OF Bryce Brentz  drafted as a Junior at Middle Tennessee State and given a $889,200 salary bonus in the supplemental first round #36 by Boston in 2010.

Starting pitchers:

Hernandez pitching for the Salem Red Sox

Hernandez pitching for the Salem Red Sox

Jon Lester  drafted out of high school and given a $1,000,000 salary bonus in the second round #57 by Boston in 2002.

Clay Buchholz  drafted out of Angelina Junior College and given $800,000 salary bonus in the supplemental first round #42 by Boston in 2005.

Matt Barnes  drafted as a Junior at UConn and given a $1,500,000 salary bonus in the first round #19 by Boston in 2011.

Chris Hernandez  drafted as a Junior from Miami and given a $375,000 salary bonus in the seventh round #232 by Boston in 2010

Brandon Workman  drafted as a Junior from Texas and given a $880,000 salary bonus in the second round #57 by Boston in 2010.

Henry Owens  drafted out of high school and given a $1,550,000 salary bonus in the supplemental first round #36 by Boston in 2011

The Bullpen:

Anthony Ranaudo pitching for LSU

Anthony Ranaudo pitching for LSU

Junichi Tazawa  signed as a 22 year old International free agent from Japan and given a $1,800,000 salary bonus by Boston in 2008.

Daniel Bard  drafted as a Junior at North Carolina and given a $1,550,000 salary bonus in the first round #28 by Boston in 2006.

Anthony Ranaudo  drafted as a Junior at LSU and given a $2,550,000 salary bonus in the supplemental first round #39 by Boston in 2010.

Brian Johnson  drafted as a Junior at Florida and given a $1,575,000 salary bonus in the supplemental first round #31 by Boston in 2012

Ty Buttrey  drafted out of high school and given $1,300,000 salary bonus in the fourth round #148 by Boston in 2012

Pat Light  drafted as a Junior at Monmouth and given a $1,000,000 salary bonus in the supplemental first round #37 by Boston in 2012

The list has 25 home grown players on it. How many of those listed to you think will be playing for Boston in 2015?

About Rick Swanson
Rick Swanson has been an online feature writer for numerous websites since 2005. He was also a speaker at Boston SABR meetings from 2007-2009. Rick has created three statistics for baseball.... Reaction over Range: A new way to measure defense. Divide reaction time of any play, by the range distance. Umpire Strikezone Score: Take the total number of correct pitches called, divided by the total number of pitches called. Power Pitching: Add WHIP plus ERA and subtract the number of strikeouts per inning. Rick's current title is Consultant, Red Sox and Fenway Park History. In 2007, he was nominated for President of Red Sox Nation by Red Sox team president, Larry Lucchino. You can email Rick here: rickswanson AT cox DOT net

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