Sox land all but one of their top picks

August, 16, 2011
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Several of the deals came down to the wire, but the Red Sox signed all but one of their top draft picks before Monday's midnight deadline, the team announced.

First-round pick Matt Barnes (19th overall), a right-hander from the University of Connecticut, agreed to a bonus of $1.5 million, and Blake Swihart, a top catching prospect drafted 26th overall, signed for a $2.5 million bonus, according to ESPN Insider Keith Law. Swihart had committed to the University of Texas.

Also agreeing to sign were supplemental first-round picks Henry Owens, a left-hander from Edison (Calif.) HS, and Jackie Bradley Jr., an outfielder from South Carolina, as well as fourth-round pick Noe Ramirez of Cal State Fullerton and seventh-rounder Cody Kukuk, a lefty who had committed to Kansas.

The one prize the Sox lost out on was eighth-round pick Senquez Golson, a two-sport athlete committed to Ole Miss for football and baseball. Golson has been practicing with the football team after declaring that he had no intention of signing with Boston back in June. However, the Sox upped their offer significantly in the past few days.

With Golson lost, the Sox were able to sign Mookie Betts, a fifth-round pick from John Overton (Tenn.) HS. An infielder committed to Tennessee, Betts reportedly rejected an offer from Boston for $300,000, which is more than double the slot recommendation for his draft position. But the Sox apparently sweetened the pot at the last minute.

The Red Sox signed 29 selections overall from this year’s draft, including 16 picks from the top 15 rounds.

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