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Red Sox take Binghamton ace Mike Augliera with fifth-round pick

06.05.12 at 4:04 pm ET
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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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