LINCOLN — There were no last-minute surprises involving Nebraska recruits at Friday’s deadline for major league draft picks to sign professional contracts.
Outfielder Ryan Boldt, out of Red Wing, Minn., and pitcher Derek Burkamper, from Muscatine, Iowa, both turned down opportunities to join the Boston Red Sox, who drafted the two Husker recruits last month.
Boldt, a top-50 prospect before dropping to the 22nd round in the draft, reportedly toured Fenway Park a couple weeks ago. But he decided to join Nebraska’s team.
Burkamper announced soon after getting picked in the 20th round that he planned to go to college. The right-hander is 11-1 with a 0.69 ERA, striking out 118 in 7023 innings for Muscatine High School this summer. He’ll join left-hander Max Knutson — the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s metro co-player of the year — as the top freshman arms set to arrive in Lincoln this fall.
Nebraska did lose a potential contributor at catcher to the draft this year. Ryan Miller, who played at San Bernardino Valley College, reportedly made a verbal commitment to the Huskers, but he signed with San Diego on June 11.
Former NU outfielder Chad Christensen, a two-time All-Big Ten first-team honoree, signed with Minnesota on June 19 after getting drafted in the 25th round. Christensen ended his four-year career at Nebraska with 247 hits, seventh in program history.