It took some time thanks to the College World Series, but the Red Sox have finally agreed to terms with their first pick in the 2015 MLB Draft. Center fielder Andrew Benintendi, the seventh-overall selection, has agreed to a full-slot bonus of $3,590,400 with Boston according to MLB's Jim Callis.
Benintendi was the SEC player of the year as well as Baseball America's College Player of the Year, thanks to his breakout sophomore season. The one concern with him is the track record -- that's how he fell to seventh despite his fantastic season -- but it's not so much a concern as something to note: the expectation is that this is who he is going forward, and that he's a high-quality prospect.
It's likely that Benintendi will show up in short-season Lowell in the New York-Penn League soon, as general manager Ben Cherington mentioned this as his likely destination about two weeks ago. This also means that all but two of Boston's picks from the first 10 rounds are signed, and they still have a bit of wiggle room to spend thanks to the five percent overage allowed on their budget before the loss of a draft pick is incurred. Austin Rei, Boston's third-round pick, and Travis Lakins, their sixth-round selection, are the two who remain unsigned.
With Benintendi's deal now done, the biggest ticket item from the whole draft is now officially with the Sox, so you can expect resolution on Rei and Lakins soon. They have over $216,000 in underslot value in addition to the five percent overage of over $179,000 (available to them assuming they sign both Rei and Lakins, anyway), so you can expect both will be Red Sox before the July 17th deadline.