Since the window to sign undrafted free agents opened on Sunday morning, the Red Sox have signed 10 undrafted free agents, the most among all clubs, according to Baseball America.
The most notable of these additions to this point, at least in terms of BA’s draft-eligible prospect rankings, was made earlier Monday in the form of University of Miami (Fla.) right-hander Brian Van Belle.
Van Belle, 23, was regarded by Baseball America as the 16th-ranked senior in this year’s draft class.
The former JuCo product out of Pembroke Pines posted a 0.68 ERA and .168 batting average against over four starts and 26 1/3 innings of work as the Hurricanes’ ace in 2020 before the college baseball season was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Listed at 6’2″ and 187 lbs., Van Belle underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015 while a freshman in junior college and wound up missing his entire sophomore season because of it.
He transferred to Miami from Broward College in October 2017, and emerged as the Hurricanes’ Friday night starter on a team that featured two 2020 early-round draft picks in the form of Slade Cecconi and Chris McMahon.
Per SoxProspects‘ Ian Cundall, Van Belle’s pitching arsenal includes a fastball that can top out at 93 MPH as well as a quality circle changeup.
As is the case with all undrafted free agents, the most the Red Sox can sign Van Belle for is $20,0000.
Here are the other nine undrafted prospects the Red Sox have signed since Sunday.
- Jacinto Arredondo, RHP, Tampa
- Jordan DiValerio, RHP, Saint Joseph’s
- Graham Hoffman, RHP, South Florida
- Jake MacKenzie, INF, Fordham
- Cole Milam, RHP, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville
- Henry Nunez-Rijo, RHP, Puerto Rico High, Guaynabo, P.R.
- Juan Montero, C, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Guarabo, P.R.
- Jose Garcia, C/1B, Florida International
- Merfy Andrew, RHP, St. Thomas University