The Boston Red Sox signed 27 of 39 players selected in the 2015 June Draft, including all 16 players drafted in the first 17 rounds and all but one pick within the top 25 rounds. Dating back to the 2012 draft, the club has signed 75 of its top 80 overall selections. Last Friday marked the conclusion of the annual signing period for drafted players.
The Red Sox spent $7,589,000 on signing bonuses this year, bringing their 14-year total since 2002 to $101,588,083, the third-highest in Major League Baseball despite only twice selecting players within the top 15 overall picks (2013, 2015). Only the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals have spent more in signing their draft picks in that 14-year period.
Boston's first pick, 21-year-old center fielder Andrew Benintendi, has already started his pro career with Short-A Lowell. Selected seventh overall in the first round, he was recently named winner of both this year's Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy as the best collegiate baseball player following his sophomore campaign with the University of Arkansas this past spring.
Twenty-one-year-old catcher Austin Rei (pronounced "RYE"), selected with the club's second pick in the third round out of the University of Washington, and the team's fourth-round pick, center fielder Tate Matheny from Missouri State University, are also with Lowell. Tate is the son of current St. Louis Cardinals manager and 13-year major league catcher Mike Matheny.
Boston's signings include local products Andrew Noviello, a catcher from Bridgewater-Raynham High School selected in the 25th round, and right-handed pitcher Trevor Kelley, a native of Barrington, RI selected out of the University of North Carolina. Both began their pro careers in the Gulf Coast League.
Of the 27 signed players, 14 are pitchers (nine right-handers and five left-handers). The other 13 include seven outfielders, two catchers, one first baseman, one second baseman, one third baseman, and one shortstop.
Boston signed five draftees out of high school and 22 from college, including one in junior college.
The 27 players hail from 15 different states, with California (4) and Florida (4) leading the way. Two players each came from Alabama, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas.
The Red Sox also signed a native of Puerto Rico, 20th-rounder Yomar Valentin, a shortstop from Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and the son of 16-year major league infielder Jose Valentin (1992-2007). The 17-year-old from Manati, PR is also the club's youngest signee from the June Draft.