Palo Alto's B.J. Boyd was true to his word, signing his first professional contract less than a week after being drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the fourth round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft.
Boyd arrived at the A's spring training facilities at Papago Park in Phoenix on Wednesday, where he will work out under the direction of A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman.
"He's my next call," Boyd said. "I just got here and I'm ready to go."
Boyd hasn't been told where he will be playing this summer, though it's likely he may stay in Arizona. He's one of 21 A's draft picks (of 43) who have signed, and is the only high school player to have signed.
The A's used five of their first seven picks to draft a high school player. Boyd is one of eight of the top 18 picks who have agreed to terms. Birmingham Southern catcher Bruce Maxwell, taken in the second round, is the highest draft pick to sign.
Other outfielders who have signed and are either in Arizona or en route include 10th round pick Brett Vertigan of UC Santa Barbara, 20th round pick Herschel Powell of Orange Coast JC and 22th round pick Matthew Hillsinger of Radford.
The A's also signed catchers Phil Pohl out of Clemson and Oregon State's Ryan Gorton, shortstop Christopher Wolfe out of Grambling State and East Carolina first baseman first baseman John Wooten.
The pitchers who have signed include lefthander Taylor Massey and righthander Stuart Pudenz of Dallas Baptist, which reached the NCAA regional this year after making it to a Super Regional last year.
Other signed pitchers, all right-handed, are Coudy Kurz of Oxnard JC, Kris Hall of Lee, Austin House of New Mexico, Penn's Vincent Voiro, UNC-Greensboro Tyler Hollstegge, Itacha's Tucker Healy, Kansas State's Kayon Bahramzadeh, Augustana's Derek Hansen, Binghampton's Lee Sosa and UNC-Asheville's Ryan Dull.
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