The Red Sox have agreed to terms with second-round pick Alex Wilson and two other draft picks chosen in the first 10 rounds, Red Sox director of amateur scouting Jason McLeod confirmed.
Fifth-round choice Seth Schwindenhammer, a high school outfielder from Illinois, and eighth-round pick William Wilkerson, an outfielder from Augusta State, also agreed. The players will need to pass physicals and drug tests before the deals become official.
McLeod said he is “pretty optimistic” about signing first-round choice Reymond Fuentes without a prolonged negotiation. The Red Sox selected Fuentes, a center fielder from Puerto Rico who is a cousin of Mets centerfielder Carlson Beltran, with the 28th overall pick.
Wilson, a junior righthander out of Texas A&M, flew into Boston today and “he is signing right now,” his mother Ann Wilson said in phone conversation from the family’s home in Hurricane, W.V, earlier today.
The Red Sox took Wilson, the No. 52 ranked prospect in this year’s draft according to Baseball America, with the 77th overall pick. Wilson went 6-6 with a 4.22 ERA as both a starter and a reliever this season, his first after recovering from Tommy John surgery.
“It’s his dream team,” Ann Wilson said. “He’s always been a Boston fan.”
The Red Sox could be in for a difficult negotiation with their third-round choice, David Renfroe out of South Panola High in Batesville, Miss. Renfroe, rated the No. 67 prospect by Baseball America, fell to the Red Sox at the 107th selection because teams feared he would be a difficult player to sign.
It appears his commitment to play baseball at Mississippi will not be an obstacle. Renfroe, an outstanding athlete who could have played quarterback at Ole Miss, starred as a pitcher and a shortstop, but he wanted to be a position player.
The Red Sox worked him out roughly two weeks before the draft at Fenway Park as a shortstop and even as a catcher, which he hadn’t played since before high school, Renfroe’s high school coach said. Renfroe warmed to the Red Sox.
“He wants to be a Boston Red Sox,” said Patrick Robey, Renfroe’s coach at South Panola. “He’s ready to go play everyday. There’s some negotiating that’s got to go on, but it looks like that’s probably going to happen.”
Robey did not mean to suggest Renfroe is on the verge of signing with the Sox – “I think that might be stretching it a little bit,” he said – and the Sox expect a summer-long negotiation.
Robey is not directly involved with negotiations, but said Renfroe’s advisor, Brandon O’Hearn, told him while both sides hope for a quick deal, “it might be a lengthy process.” O’Hearn has not returned a phone message.
The Red Sox have also agreed to terms with a number of players taken in the lower rounds. They will need to sign players they drafted late to fill rosters at Lowell and in the Florida Gulf Coast League, which begins June 24.