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Red Sox sign first 21 picks from '14 Draft

Overall, club inks 31 of its 41 selections before Friday's deadline

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TORONTO -- For the first time in at least 20 years, the Red Sox signed their first 21 picks from the First-Year Player Draft.

In total, Boston inked 31 of 41 selections from the Draft as the Friday signing period for drafted players passed. The team's signing bonuses totaled $7,814,800. Since 2002, the Red Sox have dished out $93,999,083 in bonuses to drafted players, the fourth-highest in the Major Leagues over that period.

First-rounders Michael Chavis (26th) and Michael Kopech (33rd) are with the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox. Chavis, a shortstop, has played in nine games and is hitting .065 (2-for-31), while Kopech, a right-hander, has pitched three scoreless innings over two appearances.

Second-rounder Sam Travis is hitting .292 through 29 games with Class A Lowell. The first baseman was selected 67th overall after his junior season at Indiana University.

Fourth-rounder Kevin McAvoy (134th) has also suited up for the Spinners. The right-hander, who was taken out of Bryant University, has appeared in three games and has pitched six scoreless innings.

Of the 31 signed players, 14 are pitchers. The other 17 include five catchers, five outfielders, three shortstops, three first basemen, and one third baseman.

Boston signed eight draftees out of high school and 23 from college, including three in junior college.

Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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