The 2020 MLB first-year player draft has come and gone, and beginning the morning of June 14th, clubs will have the opportunity to sign an unlimited number of undrafted free agents for no more than $20,000.
Under normal circumstances, the Red Sox have signed anywhere between 25-35 players in past draft, but since the 2020 edition was limited to just five rounds and Boston was limited to just four picks, only four new additions were made over the past two days in the forms of Nick Yorke, Blaze Jordan, Jeremy Wu-Yelland, and Shane Drohan.
Because this year’s draft was cut to five rounds rather recently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems likely that the Red Sox had an idea of who would be available over the course of a typical 40-round draft before that announcement was made.
It also helps that, since not much baseball was played at the high school or college level this spring, the Sox’ draft board probably hasn’t changed all that much since the 2019 season came to an end.
Only 160 players were drafted this year, meaning there is still plenty of mid-to-late-round level talent out there on the free agency market.
With chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom and amateur scouting director Paul Toboni at the helm, the Red Sox are in a position where they are trying to revamp things on the player development side of the game. They should not limit themselves to just the four players they drafted this week.
Some local products Boston could pursue during this unique free agency period, as noted by SoxProspects‘ Mike Andrews, include:
- Wake Forest outfielder Chris Lanzilli (Stoneham, MA)
- Boston College outfielder Chris Galland (Sudbury, MA)
- Northeastern catcher Teddy Beaduet (Franklin, NH)
- Buckingham Browne & Nichols shortstop Jake Berger (Boston, MA)
- Avon Old Farms outfielder/catcher Jake Deleo (Norwalk, CT)
- Braintree High School right-handed pitcher Myles McDermott (Braintree, MA)
- Halifax High School right-handed pitcher Michael Quigley (Halifax, MA)
- East Greenwich High School right-handed pitcher/infielder Brad Lombardi (East Greenwich, RI)
- Gilmanton High School right-hander Adrian Siravo (Gilmanton, NH)
- South Portland High School left-handed pitcher Hunter Owen (South Portland, ME)
Some of these prospects, more specifically the ones graduating from high school, will likely opt to honor their college commitments rather than go pro, but for the college seniors with no eligibility left, this could be the opportunity they have been looking for after going overlooked in the draft.
When asked last week about what the Sox’ approach to recruiting undrafted free agents will look like, Toboni said, “The Red Sox brand carries weight itself,” so it will certainly be fascinating to see just how many additional prospects they sign in the coming weeks.
The deadline to sign both drafted and undrafted players is August 1st.