Boston Red Sox

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 30: The original Fenway Park façade is seen during a media availability at Fenway Park ahead of Opening Day on March 30, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Red Sox have agreed to a contract with their first round draft pick Marcelo Mayer, according to multiple reports. The deal is worth $6.7 million, the full value of his draft spot – fourth overall.

Mayer’s signing is significant because, unlike in other sports, he could have chosen to attend college and the Red Sox would have lost his rights. The 18-year-old had previously committed to USC.

Ahead of Thursday night’s Red Sox-Yankees series opener at Fenway, Mayer was on had where he got to experience what will likely someday be his home ballpark. That included taking batting practice, fielding drills with Xander Bogaerts, and chatting with manager Alex Cora.

Heading into this year’s MLB Draft, Mayer was considered a consensus top pick. However, he fell to the Red Sox at fourth overall after the Pirates and Rangers elected to go with college prospects, and the Tigers took a high school pitcher. Mayer is the second pick in the top four to officially sign, after top pick Henry Davis.

Next up for the Red Sox will be to decide where to place Mayer in the minors. He’ll likely start in the Florida Complex League, as did their most recent first-round high school pick Triston Casas in 2018 (the Red Sox had no first-round pick in 2019, and there was no minor league baseball in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

Mayer is the fifth member of the 20-player draft class to sign with the Red Sox. The team has also agreed to deals with third-round pick Tyler McDonough, sixth-round pick Daniel McElveny, 10th-round pick Matt Litwicki, and 14th-round pick Jacob Webb. This year’s signing deadline is Aug. 1- the Red Sox would lose the rights to any players not signed by then, with those players then able to return to/attend college and re-enter the draft next year.

MORE: What The Scouts Say About Marcelo Mayer

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