|MLB draft, Round 3: Sox select SS Sean Coyle||06.08.10 at 1:23 pm ET|
The Red Sox selected shortstop Sean Coyle from Germantown Academy (HS) with the 110th pick in the third round of the 2010 MLB draft. The 5-9 shortstop batted .529 with his school single-season record 13 home runs, 50 RBI, and 20 stolen bases in 20 attempts in his senior season. Coyle helped lead the Patriots to a 29-3 record and the Pennsylvania Independent Schools state championship.
Last Wednesday, he was named the 2009-10 Gatorade Pennsylvania Baseball Player of the Year and though he signed with North Carolina, Coyle traveled to Boston to work out at Fenway Park.
“The workout was a lot of fun. It’s obviously a historic park,” said Coyle. “I thought I did pretty well and hopefully impressed some guys.”
Clearly, as a third rounder, he did. Of course, the Sox might have been uniquely positioned to appreciate Coyle’s skill set, given the player to whom he is most often compared.
“A lot of people like to draw parallels between me and [Dustin Pedroia], just because I play second base and I’m kind of a smaller guy, and I like to play the game hard. I definitely look up to him as a premier player,” said Coyle. “My best physical asset is probably speed. I like to run a lot. And obviously, being a small guy, I’d like to work on my power numbers and improve my game.”
Coyle met with several Sox officials during the workout, including GM Theo Epstein and scouting director Amiel Sawdaye. While there have been reports that an agreement is in place with the Sox, Coyle said that he does not yet have an agreement with the Red Sox, and that he expects to sit down with the team in the next couple of days to determine whether he will turn pro or honor his scholarship to play at the University of North Carolina, where his brother, Tommy Coyle, just finished his freshman year.
“We haven’t come to any agreements yet. It’s still a discussion,” said Coyle. “My brother attends North Carolina. I’d love to play with him. Pro ball offers the opportunity to go out and play baseball everyday as a job, and to really improve my skills as a baseball player.”
Alex Speier contributed to this report.
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