Red Sox sign third overall pick Pat Light, second-rounder Jamie Callahan
|06.15.12 at 12:29 pm ET|
The Red Sox officially have signed supplemental first rounder Pat Light, a hard-throwing right-hander out of Monmouth University, to a bonus of $1 million. Light routinely would work in the mid-90s for Monmouth — and would hold his velocity over the course of complete games, flashing fastballs of 96 mph and better at the end of games — during a junior year in which he went 8-3 with a 2.40 ERA while punching out 102 and walking just 16 in 101 1/3 innings while allowing just three homers.
‘You’re seeing huge velocity, but the difference with him is that it has sink and it has life. It’s almost like the velocity doesn’t matter, because it’s got this late life and it’s heavy, and he can just throw the ball down the middle all the day and it’s going to move for him and be an effective pitch,’ said Red Sox area scout Ray Fagnant, who scouted Light. ‘Right now, he’s not that typical four-seam strike-everybody-out guy. The easiest pitch for kids to hit is a low fastball, because they’ve just got to drop their bat head on it. There were games where he was absolutely dominating and just struck out five or six, didn’t strike out 20. But there were just craters in front of home plate.’
Light, whom the Sox took with the No. 37 overall pick, also features a slider that became, at times, a wipeout pitch for him as a junior while also showing the potential for a changeup (a pitch he didn’t need at Monmouth).
The signing bonus is below the $1.394 million earmarked for a No. 37 pick by Major League Baseball, meaning that it gives the Sox some flexibility with regards to its $6.884 million spending limit (without incurring penalties) for its picks from the first 10 rounds of the draft.
The Red Sox also have signed officially second-round pick Jamie Callahan, a hard-throwing right-hander from South Carolina. At 17 (the youngest player whom the Sox drafted), Callahan dominated (going 7-1 with a 0.89 ERA and striking out 113 batters in 50 innings) his competition. The amount of his bonus is unknown. Callahan had a scholarship offer to attend the University of South Carolina.
He’s a big (6-foot-3), strong pitcher whom the Sox saw sitting at 92 mph while working at up to 94-95 mph (something that gives the Sox some optimism that his fastball could tick up further) with a four-pitch mix, featuring both a curve and slider as well as a change, with a downhill fastball that has deception in the strike zone.
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