8-16-2011: Sox have another successful draftee signing deadline
August 16, 2011 Leave a comment
The Red Sox had a number of unsigned draftees the day of the signing deadline, but it was a general trend throughout baseball, as there were a rash of signings last night before midnight. The Sox signed seven more of their top picks, giving them success on nine of their top eleven selections. Only second round pick OF Williams Jerez and 8th rounder OF Senquez Golson did not sign from that group.
Theo Epstein managed to sign both first rounders and both first-round sandwich picks, who we profiled here. RHP Matt Barnes received a $1.5M bonus, while C Blake Swihart signed for $2.5M, LHP Henry Owens got $1.55M and OF Jackie Bradley got $1.1M. Pretty reasonable, since the Pirates had to shell out $13M on their top two picks. 3rd round C Jordan Weems had already signed last month, and 6th round LHP Miguel Pena signed shortly following the draft in June. Also signing with Boston yesterday were the following:
4th Round: RHP Noe Ramirez ($625,000 bonus)
Out of Cal-State Fullerton, Ramirez already has good command of his fastball and a plus changeup. He could develop into a solid starting pitcher in a couple of years.
5th Round: OF Mookie Betts
Betts is a super-athletic prospect who looked to be heading to college until the last minute. If he pans out, it’s gravy on this draft.
7th Round: LHP Cody Kukuk ($800,000 bonus)
Kukuk is a hard-throwing lefty who was very aggressive with his demands, emailing 30 clubs prior to the draft with his demands. He has potentially a very high ceiling, but he’s very raw.
Overall, looks like another great job of restocking the farm in the wake of the Adrian Gonzalez deal. I think we needed to be aggressive with our signings, given that many of our heralded prospects are either recovering from injuries or struggling this year.
Read Alex Speier’s scouting reports on these guys at the Full Count Blog here.