Red Sox Sign First-Round Pick Marcelo Mayer
The Red Sox have reached an settlement with first-round draft decide Marcelo Mayer. The Athletic’s Chad Jennings (Twitter hyperlinks) reviews that the fourth general decide will signal for a bonus of the assigned slot worth of $6,664,000. While the group hasn’t but formally introduced the signing, Jennings and a number of different Boston reporters famous that Mayer and several other group officers took half in what seems to be the official signing ceremony on the sector at Fenway Park.
There was fairly a little bit of hypothesis previous to the draft that the Pirates would take Mayer with the primary general decide, although when Pittsburgh as a substitute opted for Louisville catcher Henry Davis, it triggered one thing of a shock drop for Mayer to Boston on the fourth decide. The Rangers drafted Vanderbilt righty Jack Leiter with the second choice, and the Tigers (rumored to be very excessive on Mayer) went with highschool right-hander Jackson Jobe third general.
Since Davis signed with the Pirates for a $6.5MM bonus that fell properly beneath the $8.4153MM assigned slot worth for the 1-1 decide, Mayer will find yourself really making more cash than Davis in his first professional contract. Since it’s truthful to imagine that Mayer may need insisted on full slot worth wherever he was chosen, that in all probability factored into the Pirates’ resolution to take Davis and thus unfold their bonus pool cash round to a number of members of their draft class.
It could possibly be that the Red Sox ended up with a steal, as Fangraphs’ scouting report on Mayer described him as nothing in need of “the most well-rounded player in the draft, a teenage shortstop with a chance to hit for contact, power, and stay at a premium defensive position.” Fangraphs, MLB Pipeline, and The Athletic’s Keith Law all ranked Mayer as one of the best general prospect of this yr’s draft class, whereas Baseball America and ESPN.com’s Kiley McDaniel had Mayer second on their boards.
A product of Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, California, Mayer is a left-handed hitter who’s already 6’3″ and 188 kilos at 18 years outdated — in accordance with Pipeline’s scouting report, he would possibly but develop extra uncooked energy as he grows. Mayer is taken into account a plus hitter general, and a average velocity instrument could be the one semi-flaw in his toolkit. There isn’t a lot doubt amongst observers that Mayer will have the ability to stay at shortstop, with BA describing Mayer as “arguably the top defensive shortstop in a class that is deep at the position.”