The Red Sox executed the second part of their amateur draft strategy on Tuesday, signing first-round pick Nick Yorke to a bonus of $2.7 million.
A second baseman from Archbishop Mitty High in San Jose, Calif., Yorke was not projected to go in the first round. But the Sox had followed him closely and liked his offensive potential.
Their belief was he would have played himself into first-round consideration had the high school season not been cut short by the pandemic.
Yorke was at Fenway Park with his mother and stepfather for the signing. His agency, Apex Baseball, posted a photo on Instagram of Yorke holding up a Sox jersey with amateur scouting director Paul Toboni.
Yorke’s bonus, which was first reported by MLB Pipeline, was $909,000 below the value accorded the 17th overall pick. That allowed the Sox to sign third-round pick Blaze Jordan for 1.75 million, $1,082,100 over his slot.
Jordan, a high school slugger from Southaven, Miss., intended to play for Mississippi State.
After losing their second-round pick as punishment for sign-stealing infractions in 2018, the Sox were able to land what they perceived as two players who were first- or second-round talents.
Now the Sox have $679,900 remaining in their pool to sign lefthanders Jeremy Wu-Yelland (fourth round) and Shane Drohan (fifth round). Both pitchers, major league sources said, intend to sign.
Back in school
Xander Bogaerts, Mitch Moreland, and Jose Peraza have been working out at Fenway Park the last few days. But the other member of the starting infield, third baseman Rafael Devers, has been at Boston College with coach Carlos Febles.
Manager Ron Roenicke said he had his reasons for sending Devers to BC.
“Sometimes I can’t tell you guys; sometimes I can. For right now, that’s what we did,” Roenicke said.
Indications are that Devers was sent to BC to improve on his conditioning after reporting to camp heavier than what the team expected. The plan is for him to be back at Fenway on Wednesday.
“We’re making sure we’re giving him what he needs to be ready,” Roenicke said.
The Red Sox play seven of their 10 games against the Yankees in the Bronx and six of their 10 games against the Rays in Florida. But Roenicke isn’t too concerned with the unbalanced schedule Major League Baseball concocted.
“I thought it would be equal both ways. I didn’t know exactly how they were going to do it,” he said. “I still think as long as you’re playing the same amount of home games and road games, I think that’s fair.
“To work out a schedule that would be perfect for everybody, it just doesn’t happen. I didn’t look at the schedule and say, ‘Wow, it’s not fair to us.’ I didn’t look at it that way.”
A bigger concern for the Sox will be how they travel. MLB has suggested limiting how many players can shower at one time, which means it will take longer for the team to prepare for a flight at the start of a road trip.
The Sox are considering waiting until the next morning to fly.
Bogaerts said he wasn’t confident there would be a season as he monitored developments from Aruba. He’s still not convinced. “All we can do is stay positive,” he said. “There’s a lot of stuff we can’t control.” … Matt Barnes, Brian Johnson, Kyle Hart, and Josh Osich were among the pitchers who faced hitters. Beyond that, it was a low-key session for the Sox … Righthanded reliever Caleb Simpson, who was signed earlier in the week, reported to the team and had intake testing. He cannot return until cleared.