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August 14, 2009 at 9:21 PM

Renfroe, Sox come to terms


As the deadline to sign Rule 4 draftees nears, the signings continue to pile up for the Red Sox. According to Baseball America's Jim Callis, Boston has come to terms with third-round pick David Renfroe on a signing bonus worth $1.4 million, a figure nearly five times the slot recommendation of the MLB commissioner's office. Because Renfroe is a two-sport athlete, his bonus will be spread out over the course of the next five years. He had been committed to attend Ole Miss, his father's alma matter. A two-way player at South Panola High School, Renfroe hit .509 with 4 home runs and 35 RBI as a shortstop during his senior season while going 3-3 with a 2.40 ERA as a pitcher. He was drafted by the Red Sox, 108th overall, primarily as a shortstop, and it is unlikely that he will pitch as a professional. With a solid offensive approach, Renfroe possesses average to above-average present power, with the potential to add more down the line. He hits to all fields with a smooth swing and good bat speed. Smart in the field and on the basepaths, Renfroe has a very good glove with average to above-average range and a plus arm.