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Red Sox lock up their 2nd-round pick, high school outfielder Nick Decker

Rob Bradford
June 21, 2018 - 10:14 am

The Red Sox had a pretty good idea that there wasn't going to be much intrigue when it came to signing their top draft picks this season.

After already locking up the likes of first-rounder Triston Casas and third-round pitcher Durbin Feltman, the team announced Thursday that it had come to an agreement with second-round pick Nick Decker, an outfielder out of Seneca High (N.J.). According to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe, Decker's signing bonus is slightly over slot at $1.25 million.

Decker, who had committed to the University of Maryland, has considerable upside, although opinions on whether or not the Red Sox got good value when picking the 17-year-old varies. Coming into the draft, FanGraphs had him as the 51st-rated overall prospect, while Baseball American slotted him at 110. The power-hitting lefty hitter went 64th overall.

Decker will report to the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox.

The Red Sox also of the announced the signings of the following draft pick (all of which will also report to the GCL):

Catcher Elih Marrero (8th round); Catcher Lane Milligan (17th round); Right-handed pitcher Eduardo Jimenez (18th round); Third baseman Brandon Howlett (21st round); Right-handed pitcher Yusniel Padron-Artiles (22nd round); Right-handed pitcher Ryan Fernandez (23rd round); Left-handed pitcher Logan Browning (24th round); Center fielder Caleb Ramsey (25th round);ight-handed pitcher Kris Jackson (28th round); Right-handed pitcher Connor Berry (31st round); Outfielder Bramdon Perez (32nd round).

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