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Watch Red Sox prospect Marcelo Mayer record his first professional hit

Mayer singled to center for the FCL Red Sox.

Marcelo Mayer
Red Sox prospect Marcelo Mayer recorded his first hit as a professional on Tuesday. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Red Sox first-round pick Marcelo Mayer recorded his first hit as a professional on Tuesday for the Florida Complex League Red Sox.

Mayer, who was unexpectedly available to the Red Sox with the fourth pick in the MLB Draft, hit a ground-ball single up the middle to get himself on the board.

Mayer was 0-for-5 as a pro prior to his first hit.

Scouts love Mayer’s easy swing, natural defense and all-around game. He was considered by many scouts and outlets to be the top prospect in the draft, and his slide to No. 4 was a draft-night surprise. Red Sox scout J.J. Altobelli told the Boston Globe he was “in shock a little bit and excited” when the Tigers passed on Mayer.

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The Red Sox signed Mayer to a deal worth $6.6 million.

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