June 8th, 2006
It's now one day after the completion of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, and although the Spinners roster has not been announced, we have a decent idea of who could be playing in Lowell this summer.
For the Red Sox complete draft, check out the Sox Prospects Draft History page.
As you can see, Boston again drafted quite a few college players, and those are the most likely to be future Lowell Spinners. Included in the list of college-drafted players is first-round pick Daniel Bard, who had a 3.46 ERA in 14 starts for UNC this season. The highly-touted right-hander struck out over a batter per inning pitched in 2006 and is known as a power pitcher. Last summer, he played for Wareham in the Cape Cod League and dominated with the league's third-best ERA.
And in case you haven't heard, at the other end of the draft was 48th-round draft pick Josh Papelbon. Josh, along with twin brother Jeremy (who was drafted in the 19th round by the Cubs) pitched for the University of Northern Florida. Josh was their closer last year.
Between those picks are many, many other college-drafted players. Some of them, along with some players moving up from the Red Sox Gulf Coast League club, will take the field on June 20th as your 2006 Lowell Spinners.