The Boston Red Sox have signed first-round pick Nick Yorke, according to MLB.com’s Jim Callis (via Twitter). Yorke will receive a $2.7M bonus.
That’s well shy of the $3,609,700 slot value allocated to the 17th overall selection, with which York was taken.
That was the expectation when the Sox surprisingly nabbed the high school second baseman, who wasn’t widely seen as a first-round talent entering the draft.
Yorke played high school baseball at Archbishop Mitty in San Jose, Calif., where he hit .505 with 40 RBI last season.
The Red Sox obviously have a lot of faith in Yorke. Signing him to an under-slot deal also allowed the team to make more noise in the later rounds.