Red Sox sign top four draft picks

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Red Sox sign top four draft picks

It came down to the wire, but in the end, the Red Sox signed all of their first round draft picks from the 2011 class.

RHP Matt Barnes (19 overall), C Blake Swihart (26), LHP Henry Owens (36), and OF Jackie Bradley (40) all came to terms before the deadline, and will join the Red Sox organization with healthy signing bonuses.

Barnes reportedly received a 1.5 million signing bonus, slightly about the MLB average for that draft slot.

Swihart, considered the best catcher in the draft, got a whopping 2.5 million signing bonus, well beyond the average, and the most the Sox have ever given to a rookie. The Sox were dead set on getting him to sign, and had to pay up in order for him to not play for the Texas Longhorns.

Owens also signed for well above the MLB average, reportedly at 1.55 million.

The Sox were also successful in coming to terms with a number of other later draft picks. However, eighth-round pick Senquez Golson, a high school outfielder from Mississippi, elected to play football at Ole Miss, and 12th-round selection Deshorn Lake, a high school pitcher from Virginia, also chose not to sign.

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Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

The Red Sox signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract bn August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, the 29-year-old has a .679 OPS across 337 plate appearances in the majors and spent the vast majority of the 2016 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo had a chance to start things off on the right foot in 2017, but that ship has already sailed. On Thursday against Northeastern at JetBlue Park, Castillo didn’t run out a routine ground ball. He claims he lost track of the outs. Manager John Farrell isn’t happy about the situation. Via Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald:

“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “One, he has lost the number of outs. Still, regardless of another of outs, getting down the line is controllable. And for a player in his situation, every little aspect of the game is important. That’s something that was addressed in the moment. He needs to execute the game situation. And for that matter, every player. But that one obviously stood out.”

Everyone always makes far too big a deal about running out grounders. It’s a real nit to pick when it’s February 23 and your team just finished playing an exhibition game that is even more meaningless than the other exhibition games that will be played in the coming month.

That being said, Castillo has to prove himself to merit inclusion on the 25-man roster and that means dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s. Even if he went hitless all spring, Castillo could have at least said he couldn’t have done anything else better. But on day one, he already gave his team a reason to count him out.