The Red Sox have begun to work in earnest on locking up their draft class of 2013. With the 45th overall pick, Teddy Stankiewicz, already aboard, the team has added seven new contracts to the mix.
Baseball America has the updated list of Boston's picks, indicating that Forrestt Allday, Kyle Martin, Taylor Grover, and Carlos Asuaje, selected in rounds eight through eleven, have all agreed to terms with the team. Also on board are catcher Jake Romanski, second baseman Reed Gragnani, and most interestingly, left-handed pitcher Gabe Speier of Goleta, California, drafted in the 19th round and signed to a $200,000 bonus.
You may notice that $200,000 is a lot to give to a nineteenth round pick. Indeed, that makes him one of the first "signability" players locked in with a late draft pick this year. The only one unless you consider the underdrafted Jon Denney who still required a third round pick. While there's not much information available on the 6'0", 175 pound lefty, he's done enough to earn himself the 265th spot on Baseball America's Top-500 draft prospect list.
Joining him there is Carlos Asuaje, who comes in earlier at 208. Given his ranking and the fact that he's a college sophomore at Nova Southeastern University, he still had some leverage to work with. Add in the fact that he's apparently a New York Yankees fan, and it will be interesting to see where he comes in.
Jake Romanski also made Baseball America's top-500, though he picks up the tail end at #485. As a college senior, it's no surprise to see the catcher agree to terms, probably for much less than the likes of Speier and, presumably, Asuaje.
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