The signing deadline has come and passed! The dust is still settling, but word on the street is that the Sox have inked their top four picks; Matt Barnes, Blake Swihart, Henry Owens, and Jackie Bradley, welcome to Red Sox Nation officially!
Barnes’ deal was reportedly for $1.5 million. Swihart signed for $2.5 million, a staggering figure that is only so astronomical when you remember that he had a full ride to play at Texas–wise choise, Blake! Henry Owens signed for $1.55 million, it’ll be interesting to see how the high school lefty develops in the lower levels of the Sox system for the next couple of years. The fourth selection, Jackie Bradley, struck a deal with the Sox for $1.1 million, keeping superagent Scott Boras at bay, and keeping Bradley from regaining his high draft stock by returning to South Carolina for another season.
Glad to see the Sox are spending their money on player development, and not just in major league talent–I’d like to see these guys climb the ranks, and we’ll track their progress as they represent the first draft class we’ve covered here at Bloodysox. Hopefully these guys are in our system for a long time, as I have very high hopes from all the scounting reports I’ve read. Good luck, Gentlemen!