With the 2011 MLB Draft beginning on Monday night, the rumor machine is in full force when it comes to predicting where each player will go.
The Red Sox are not excluded for this process, and Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe has provided some insight as to which players the Red Sox may be targeting.
Josh Bell (OF, Jesuit HS in Dallas): He's a switch hitter with power who is being advised by Scott Boras. Bell recently sent a letter to the MLB Scouting Bureau saying he planned to attend college. That could be a smokescreen to get a big-market team to pick him near the end of the first round.
Tyler Beede (RHP Lawrence Academy in Groton): The local entry has been heavily scouted by the Sox according to scouting director Amiel Sawdaye. He is committed to Vanderbilt and convincing him to sign will be costly.
Alex Meyer (RHP, Kentucky): He turned down $2 million from the Sox as a 20th round pick out of high school. So obviously they like him.
Abraham also mentioned UConn right-handed pitcher Matt Barnes, Georgia Tech lefty Jeff Bradley and Cleveland High School, New Mexico catcher Blake Swihart as possible targets of Theo Epstein.
Boston has four of the first fifty picks in this year's draft, including two in the first round at No. 19 overall and No. 26 overall. The complete draft order for the Red Sox can be viewed here.