In 1973, the Red Sox had the 41st pick in the amateur draft. The club used it to select Fred Lynn from USC. He played centerfield on the Trojans for four years, and all four years his team won the College World Series.
Side note: In 1973, USC played in maybe the most memorable college game ever. Dave Winfield had 15 strikeouts for Minnesota, had allowed just one infield single through eight innings, and led 7-0. A blown double-play call by the first base umpire opened the door for USC, who scored eight runs in the ninth inning to win 8-7, eliminating Minnesota from CWS.
Jackie Bradley Jr. at USC
As a 21 year-old college graduate, Lynn spent the remainder of the summer of ‘73 playing for the AA Bristol Red Sox at Muzzy Field. When Lynn was 22, he spent the season in AAA and made his first appearance in Boston that September.
In the 2011 draft, the Red Sox had the 40th pick. They selected a centerfielder from another USC (South Carolina) that won the CWS twice with him in the lineup...