Red Sox lock up former Padres power-hitting top prospect


The Red Sox have added an intriguing power-hitting outfield prospect.

Michael Gettys, a second-round pick of the Padres in the 2014 MLB Draft, has signed a minor-league deal with the Sox. The 25-year-old spent all of the 2019 season in Triple-A, slugging 31 home runs in 128 games for El Paso.

The knock on Gettys has been his inability to make consistent contact, striking out 168 times in 507 at-bats during his last full season.

Gettys was taken with the 51st overall pick in 2014, agreeing to a $1.3 million signing bonus, jumping to professional baseball straight out of Gainesville (GA) High. He had been committed to play collegiately at the University of Georgia.

Gettys, who does not have an invite to Red Sox' big league camp, got 10 at-bats for the Padres in last season's Spring Training 1.0.