BOSTON -- The Red Sox on Tuesday announced the signing of nine selections from the 2014 MLB Draft, including Day 1 picks Michael Kopech, a right-handed pitcher selected in the first-round (33rd overall), and second-round first baseman Sam Travis.
A high school pitcher out of Mt. Pleasant High School in Texas, Kopech went 3-0 with a 0.44 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 64 innings pitched this season. ESPN Insider Keith Law had him ranked No. 40 on his Top 100 draft prospects. The terms of Kopech’s bonus (slotted at $1,678,000) were not released.
Travis, a junior out of Indiana University, hit .347 this season with 12 home runs and 58 RBIs in 59 games. Law ranked Travis No. 57 on his Top 100. Travis’ bonus terms were also not released ($846,800 slot).
The Red Sox also inked pitcher Chandler Shepherd (13th round), third baseman Jordan Betts (18th round), outfielder Derek Miller (23rd round), catcher Alex McKeon (31st round), pitcher Kuehl McEachern (34th round), shortstop Hector Lorenzana (37th round) and pitcher Brandon Show (38th round).
The Red Sox will have until July 18 to sign their other 32 draft picks, including first-rounder and 26th overall pick Michael Chavis.