Red Sox sign top draft picks

BOSTON -- The Red Sox have announced the signings of their top two draft selections.

Infielder Kolbrin Vitek and outfielder Bryce Brentz were chosen by Boston as its 20th and 36th picks respectively in last week’s first-year player draft. Both have been assigned to Class A Lowell.

Vitek was named the 2010 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year out of Ball State. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound second baseman led the league with 73 runs, tied for second with 17 homers and ranked third with 68 RBIs and 161 total bases. He was a finalist for the 2010 Golden Spikes Award and was rated by Baseball America as the top second baseman in this year’s draft and the third-best pure hitter among college players.

Brentz hit .348 with 51 runs, 8 doubles, 15 homers and 49 RBIs this season as a junior for Middle Tennessee State University. The 6-foot, 200-pound outfielder was rated by Baseball America as the third-best power hitter among college players in this year’s draft.

Also agreeing to terms with the club were right-handed pitcher Garrett Rau from California Baptist University (12th round); right-handed pitcher Keith Couch from Adelphi University (13th); right-handed pitcher Michael Gleason from California State University-Chico (34th); shortstop Nick Robinson from North Central College (39th); outfielder Luke Yoder from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (40th); catcher Jayson Hernandez from Rutgers University (41st); shortstop James Kang from Pomona-Pitzer College (45th); and first baseman Trygg Larsson-Danforth from Yale University (49th).

Rau, Couch, Robinson and Hernandez have been assigned to Lowell while Gleason, Yoder, Kang and Larsson-Danforth have been assigned to the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox.

The Red Sox now have 10 selections from this year’s draft under contract.