Red Sox take Binghamton ace Mike Augliera with fifth-round pick
|06.05.12 at 4:04 pm ET|
Binghamton’s Mike Augliera became the first college senior drafted by the Red Sox in the 2012 MLB draft, as Boston selected the right-handed pitcher in the fifth round (181st overall). Augliera is a 6-foot, 195 pound Old Bridge, N.J. native who served as the ace of the Binghamton pitching staff this season.
Augliera has the most wins in Binghamton’s history (23), and finished his senior year 6-7 with a 3.16 ERA and 83 strikeouts. Out of his 13 starts, Augliera pitched seven complete games in 2012, recording two shutouts. The 22-year-old senior was a two-time All-America East first team member. He also led the nation for most of the year in strikeout-to-walk ratio, and finished the year at No. 2 with an 83-to-7 ratio. As for Augliera’s tools on the mound, he is known using a very good curveball as his out-pitch.
By picking a senior, the Red Sox picked a player who does not have much leverage to hold out on a contract, making Augliera a player who likely will accept a signing bonus that is less than the MLB-recommended slot of $218,100. Assuming that Augliera accepts a below-slot bonus, the Red Sox could reallocate the difference to pursue other players who are seeking more than the slot recommended bonus for their pick. As such, a player like Augliera could help give the Sox increased financial flexibility to afford some of their higher picks, such as fourth-rounder Ty Buttrey, a high-school pitcher who has more leverage by virtue of the fact that he can enroll in college (at the University of Arkansas) if he does not receive a bonus offer to his satisfaction.
Augliera is realistic about that fact, as he wrote on a blog with his thoughts as he prepared for the draft:
“I will not be using an advisor or agent come draft day,” he wrote. “Being a senior I don’t have much need for negotiating and would like to get started as soon as I possibly can. An advisor would be more beneficial to a high schooler or underclassmen who may be in line for a bigger signing bonus.”
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