Sox lock up several top picks

With the midnight deadline for MLB teams to sign their draft picks approaching, the Red Sox reportedly signed a number of their top selections and were working toward finalizing a deal with right-hander Anthony Renaudo (1st round supplemental, No. 39 overall), who shined for Brewster this summer in the Cape Cod League.

According to Baseball America, the Sox reached agreements with right-hander Brandon Workman (2nd round, 57th overall); infielder Sean Coyle (3rd round, 110th overall); and infielder Garin Cecchini (4th round, 143rd overall).

Baseball America reports Workman's deal is worth $800,000, Coyle's is for $1.3 million, and Cecchini's is worth $1.31 million.

We'll have a full report later.

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A shortstop from Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pa., Coyle is a 5-foot-8, 175-pounder who plays bigger than his size and projects as a second baseman in the mold of Brian Roberts. He has plus speed and good instincts on the bases, as well as surprising power and a competitive makeup. He had committed to North Carolina, where his brother Tommy is the starting second baseman.

A shortstop at Barbe High in Lake Charles, La., Cecchini was one of the top high school hitters in the draft and a potential first-rounder until he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and required reconstructive surgery in mid-March. He led the U.S. 18U national team–which also featured Bryce Harper–in slugging (.708) and on-base percentage (.529) en route to its first-ever gold medal at the Pan American Junior Championship last summer in Venezuela. A Louisiana State recruit, Cecchini has a fluid lefthanded stroke, good pull power, soft hands and a strong arm. He profiles best as a third baseman.