With the fourth overall pick in the Major League Baseball Draft, the Red Sox selected Eastlake (CA) High School shortstop Marcelo Mayer. The 18-year-old was the consensus top pick among scouts and media, but slid to Boston’s spot. One can only think that made Chaim Bloom and company happy, but the joy did not stop there.
Mayer took to social media to show his excitement, posting this to his Instagram story:
Mayer was also quick to do the media rounds, including an interview with MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM.
“It’s been pretty fun, exciting,” Mayer said. “I’d say, I’m a winner, and I am going to do whatever I can to help the Boston Red Sox win.”
Mayer helped Eastlake High School to a 25-10 record this past season and the No. 41 ranking in California. The senior hit .392 with 14 home runs and 45 RBIs.
“I was actually a huge Jeter fan, so I grew up a Yankees fan,” Mayer said. “But that’s no longer a thing. I’m the biggest Red Sox fan of all time now.”
Red Sox fans may have a difficult time looking past that, but all signs point to Mayer being excited to be in Boston. The two sides have until Aug. 1 to work out a contract. If he doesn’t sign, Mayer is currently committed to play at USC.
The MLB Draft continues on Monday with Rounds 2-10, starting at 1 p.m. Boston holds the 40th, 75th, 105th, 136th, 166th, 196th, 226th, 256th and 286th selections.
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