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Red Sox sign third overall pick Pat Light, second-rounder Jamie Callahan

06.15.12 at 12:29 pm ET
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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.

‘€œYou’€™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. ‘€œRight 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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