For the second year in a row, the Red Sox used their first round draft pick on a high school shortstop from California. After taking Marcelo Mayer fourth overall last year, this year they used the 24th overall pick on Mikey Romero from Orange Lutheran High School.
Romero is considered one of the best high school bats in this year’s draft class. Following last season, he was named a MaxPreps All-American.
Coming into this draft, MLB.com had Romero ranked 65th overall in the class, and the eighth-ranked shortstop. By taking Romero, the Red Sox may be able to sign him under slot and use the money to convince a later draft pick to sign.
Over the last few years, the Red Sox have built organizational depth up the middle of the infield. Their top prospects already include a shortstop in Mayer (the top prospect in the system per SoxProspects.com), and second basemen Nick Yorke (ranked 4th) and Jeter Downs (ranked 21st).
August 1 is the deadline this year for draft picks to sign with their teams. Romero is currently committed to play for LSU next year, but could forgo that commitment after being taken in the first round.
The Red Sox have three picks remaining in the top 100. Their next selection comes 41st overall, early in the second round as compensation for losing Eduardo Rodriguez in free agency. They also have a second-round compensatory selection which is 79th overall, and their original third-round pick which is 99th overall.