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June 22, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Red Sox sign third-rounder Jake Cosart to below-slot deal

Jim Callis of MLB.com reported today that the Red Sox have signed third-round pick Jake Cosart out of Seminole State College of Florida. Cosart will receive a $450,000 signing bonus, which is below the slot value of $509,400 for the 103rd pick. Cosart, who is the younger brother of Houston Astros pitcher Jarred Cosart, has debuted at number 26 in the SoxProspects.com rankings.

Cosart is still new to pitching, so the 20-year-old will likely be assigned to the Gulf Coast League. He can run his fastball up to 98 and has a promising curveball, but he needs to work on his command and control. He struck out over a batter per inning this season, but still posted a 5.34 ERA in 64 innings. 

With the signing, the Red Sox have now inked 19 draftees, and are currently $79,800 over their bonus pool. The most up-to-date reported amounts for Boston's draftees are listed below:

1. Michael Chavis, SS - $1,870,500 (slot: $1,870,500)
1. Michael Kopech, RHP - $1,500,000 (slot: $1,678,000)
2. Sam Travis, 1B - $846,800 (slot: $846,800)
3. Jake Cosart, RHP, $450,000 (slot: $509,400)
5. Josh Ockimey, 1B - $450,000 (slot: $282,800)
6. Danny Mars, CF - $211,800 (slot: $211,800)
8. Ben Moore, C - $152,700 (slot: $152,700)
11. Karsten Whitson, RHP - $100,000
12. Jalen Beeks, LHP
13. Chandler Shepherd, RHP
15. Trenton Kemp, CF - $250,000 ($150,000 counts against cap)
17. Jeremy Rivera, SS
18. Jordan Betts, 3B
19. Tyler Hill, CF - $100,000
23. Derek Miller, CF
31. Alex McKeon, C
34. Kuehl McEachern, RHP
37. Hector Lorenzana, SS
38. Brandon Show, RHP

Photo Credit: Jake Cosart by seminolestate.edu