Red Sox make 29 draft picks on Day 2

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Red Sox make 29 draft picks on Day 2

By MaureenMullen
CSNNE.com

The Red Sox completed the second phase of the draft on Tuesday, spanning rounds 2 through 30.

They started the day by taking outfielder Williams Jerez. Jerez, selected in the second round with the 81st overall pick, was selected out of Grand Street Campus High in Brooklyn. A native of the Dominican Republic, Jerez, a 6-foot-4, 190-pounder, has led New York Citys Public School Athletic League with a .692 batting average this year, with five home runs, 32 RBI, and 26 stolen bases.

Over the first two days of the draft, the Sox have selected 20 pitchers, (14 right-handers, six left-handers), six infielders, five outfielders, and two catchers. Of the 33 players taken, 16 are from high school, 17 from college.

In the third round (111th overall pick), the Sox selected catcher Jordan Weems out of Columbus High School in Columbus, GA. Weems hit .443 (54 hits) with a .738 slugging percentage and .534 on-base percentage, playing in all 39 games for Columbus High this year en route to the schools second consecutive Georgia High School Association Class AAA State Championship. The left-handed hitter drove in 36 runs and scored 39 times. He was named to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirers First-Team and is an All-Bi-City Baseball selection. His father Rick was a minor league catcher in the Cardinals organization and his brother Chase is currently catching in the Reds system.

Another notable selection was first baseman Travis Shaw out of Kent State University, who was taken in the ninth round. His father Jeff pitched parts of 12 seasons in the majors from 1990-2001. Shaw was a First-Team All-MAC selection this year, leading the conference with 14 home runs while slugging .553 and collecting 51 RBI.

The Sox took right-handed pitcher Brenden Shepard out of Stonehill College in the 28th round. Shepard is a native of Boxford, Mass., and attended Masconoment Regional High. He had 10 saves while posting a 3.63 ERA, allowing nine earned runs over 22 13 innings with 34 strikeouts in 20 relief appearances this season.

Following are all the Sox picks from day two:

Round Player Pos. BT Height Weight School Hometown2 WilliamsJerez OF LL 6-4 190 Grand Street Campus HS Brooklyn,NY3 Jordan Weems C LR 6-3 165 Columbus High School Columbus,GA4 Noe Ramirez RHP RR 6-3 180 Cal StateFullerton East LosAngeles, CA5 Mookie Betts SS RR 5-10 165 John Overton High School Nashville, TN6 Miguel Pena LHP LL 6-2 175 San Jacinto College Palmview, TX7 Cody Kukuk LHP LL 6-4 200 Lawrence Free State HS Lawrence, KS8 SenquezGolson OF RR 5-10 191 Pascagoula High School Pascagoula, MS9 Travis Shaw 1B LR 6-4 215 Kent State University Wash. Court House, OH10 Cody Koback OF RR 6-0 185 U. of Wisconsin- Stevens Point Plover, WI11 Kevin Brahney LHP LL 6-5 220 CalState University, Chico Sunnyvale, CA12 Deshorn Lake RHP RR 6-1 210 Menchville High School Menchville, VA13 Matty Ott RHP RR 6-2 195 Louisiana State University Chalmette, LA14 Mike McCarthyRHP RR 6-3 185 CalState Bakersfield Brentwood,CA15 BradenKapteyn RHP RR 6-4 220 University of Kentucky Lansing, IL16 DanielGossett RHP RR 6-2 165 James F. Byrnes High School Duncan,SC17 BlakeForslund RHP RR 6-4 215 LibertyUniversity Lynchburg,VA18 Andrew Jones RHP RR 6-3 185 Samford University Marietta, GA19 Sikes Orvis 1B LR 6-3 210 Freedom High School Orlando, FL20 Zach Good LHP LL 6-4 185 Grayson CountyCollege Mesquite, TX21 AustinDavidson SS LR 6-0 175 Oxnard High School Oxnard, CA22 Joe Holtmeyer RHP RR 6-3 240 Univ.of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE23 Jarrett Brown LHP RL 6-3 169 Salem High School Conyers, GA24 Drew Turocy OF LL 6-3 185 University of Akron Canfield, OH25 Taylor Ard 1B RR 6-1 228 Washington State University Vancouver, WA26 Cody Dill RHP RR 6-1 165 Los Osos HighSchool RanchoCucamonga, CA27 Alex Massey RHP RR 6-2 180 Catholic High School Baton Rouge, LA28 BrendenShepard RHP RR 6-0 190 Stonehill College Boxford, MA29 Matt Spalding RHP RR 5-11 190 St. Xavier High School Louisville, KY30 Nick Moore 3B SR 6-3 210 Brookwood High School Snellville, GA.
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Report: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees reach deal for $86M, 5 years

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Report: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees reach deal for $86M, 5 years

OXON HILL, Md. - Aroldis Chapman found a spot in a most familiar bullpen - a very rich spot, too.

The hard-throwing closer reached agreement to return to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night with the highest-priced contract ever for a relief pitcher, an $86 million deal for five years.

A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that the contract was pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet complete.

Once it's done, the 28-year-old lefty whose fastballs routinely top 100 mph would shatter the previous richest contract for a reliever - that was the $62 million, four-year deal Mark Melancon signed with San Francisco just a couple days ago during the winter meetings.

Chapman was acquired by New York from the Cincinnati Reds last offseason, then missed the first 29 games of the season due to a domestic violence suspension from Major League Baseball. The Cuban was traded to the Chicago Cubs in late July and helped them win the World Series, becoming a free agent when it was over.

Chapman went 4-1 with 36 saves and a 1.55 ERA in a combined 59 games for the Yankees and Cubs. He struggled some in the postseason as the Cubs beat Cleveland for their first championship since 1908.

With the Yankees this season, Chapman teamed with Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances in one of the most dominant bullpens in baseball history. Miller was later traded to Cleveland, but Betances is still with New York.

Earlier this week, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team was interested in both Chapman and fellow free agent closer Kenley Jansen. The Yankees had already made one deal at these meetings, signing slugger Matt Holliday, before paying a lot more to bring Chapman back to the Bronx.

Fox Sports first reported the agreement.

CSN CHICAGO: Yoan Moncada 'thrilled' to reunite with Jose Abreu on White Sox

CSN CHICAGO: Yoan Moncada 'thrilled' to reunite with Jose Abreu on White Sox

Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu are back together.

The two Cuban natives were teammates in 2012 when they played for Cienfuegos in Cuba, and now they'll be in the same dugout once again — this time in Chicago.

"To get the opportunity to play with him right now in the United States, it's an honor for me," Moncada said through a translator on a conference call Wednesday. "I'm thrilled with that."

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