Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
34 1051 Boston Red Sox Xavier Turner 3B Ohio
Turner punished the ball on the showcase circuit last year but hasn't done so as consistently this spring. The 6-foot-2, 212-pounder still ranks as one of the best high school bats in the Great Lakes region, but scouts question whether he'll go high enough in the draft to give up his commitment to Vanderbilt. Turner has a quick righthanded swing and the strength for promising power potential. He also shows a willingness to use the middle of the field rather than just selling out for power in an attempt to impress scouts. He has solid speed, arm strength and athleticism, but he'll have to move off shortstop in college or pro ball. Turner profiles as a third baseman, but his hands may be too hard for the infield and could push him to an outfield corner.