The Red Sox have one of their all-time greats at this year's First-Year Player Draft. Jim Rice, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame last season, has been chosen to represent the only Major League team he ever played for.
In fact, Rice was once a prized Draft selection himself, picked by the Red Sox in the first round -- and 15th overall -- back in 1971.
While some first-round picks have a hard time living up to the hype, Rice, known for his brute strength and run-producing capability, exceeded it.
The left fielder was the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1978, hitting .315 with 46 homers and 139 RBIs. For his career, which started in 1974 and ended in '89, Rice hit .298 with 382 homers and 1,451 RBIs. He successfully succeeded two first-ballot Hall of Fame left fielders -- Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski.
Rice's No. 14 was retired in the façade in right field at a Fenway Park ceremony last July.
MLB.com will offer live coverage and analysis of the entire First-Year Player Draft on June 7-9 on MLB.com/Live. The first round and Compensation Round A will be broadcast live from MLB Network's Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J., on MLB.com and MLB Network on Monday, June 7, beginning with the Draft preview show at 6 p.m. ET.
MLB.com Draft expert Jonathan Mayo will join Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, John Hart, Peter Gammons and Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis on Monday's broadcast.
Coverage for Rounds 2-50 will shift exclusively to MLB.com/Live, where Rounds 2-30 will be streamed on Tuesday, beginning at noon, and Rounds 31-50 will be streamed on Wednesday, starting at noon. Host Pete McCarthy will be joined by Mayo and former general manager Jim Duquette.
Aside from Rice, the Red Sox are also expected to be represented by area scout Chris Mears, who is in charge of charting the progress of prospects in Arkansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.