The Red Sox have agreed to terms with Arizona State shortstop Deven Marrero, their top selection in the draft, on a $2.05 million bonus.
Marrero is a rare college shortstop who projects to remain at that position in the major leagues, as he's a slick fielder with a plus arm. He hit a disappointing .284/.340/.436 this spring, the main reason he slipped from his preseason top-five-overall draft status, but his proponents believe he can more than hold his own with the bat. He also shows plus speed at times.
The assigned value for Marrero's pick, 24th overall, is $1.75 million. His signing leaves Boston a total of $331,700 over the assigned values for its signees in the first 10 rounds, though the club probably saved a third of that amount on 10th-rounder J.T. Watkins, whose bonus is not yet known. The Red Sox have yet to sign lefthander Brian Johnson (first round) or righty Austin Maddox (third), who are pitching for Florida the College World Series.
View our Red Sox Draft Database here.
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