Free agent tracker: Red Sox lock up college closer

Rob Bradford
June 14, 2020 - 11:54 am
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(We will update the Red Sox free-agent signings Sunday, with the opportunity to commit to players -- while not paying more than a $20,000 signing bonus -- having started at 9 a.m.)

JACINTO ARREDONDO, PITCHER, UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA

The Red Sox kicked off the period of signing draft-eligible college players by locking up an interesting reliever.

It was announced on the University of Tampa athletic dept. Twitter account that closer Jacinto Arredondo had signed with the Red Sox.

Arredondo's Tampa team won the Division 2 National Championship in 2019 with the pitcher earning MVP honors for the tournament.

JUAN MONTERO, CATCHER, PUERTO RICO BASEBALL ACADEMY

Montero, who had been committed to Kansas City Community College, is a 5-foot-11, 175-pound catcher.

The right-handed-hitting Montero's pop times have been as good as 1.85 seconds (elite). He has also played some second base.

JORDAN DIVALERIO, PITCHER, ST. JOSEPH'S

The righty pitcher has agreed to join the Red Sox according to Baseball America. In the shortened-2020 season, DiValerio struck out 33 and walked five in 22 innings with St. Joseph's.

JAKE MACKENZIE, INFIELDER, FORDHAM

Baseball America also identified MacKenzie as another Red Sox commitment, with the infielder coming off a 2020 season in which he hit .356 with eight multi-hit games. The season before he started all 62 of the Rams' games at shortstop. The Wallingford, Conn. native was rated by D1Baseball.com as the 26th-ranked Division 1 shortstop coming into 2020.

MacKenzie had a solid season for the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod Baseball League last summer, hitting .291 with three homers, playing a good amount of left field.