Red Sox expect top picks Trey Ball, Teddy Stankiewicz to sign for below slot
|06.09.13 at 3:22 pm ET|
According to multiple industry sources, the Red Sox expect that they will be able to sign both first-rounder Trey Ball, a left-handed pitcher from New Castle High School in Indiana, and second-rounder Teddy Stankiewicz, a 19-year-old right-hander out of Seminole State College in Oklahoma, to bonuses that are less than the slot recommendations set forth by Major League Baseball for the 2013 draft. That, in turn, could have a significant impact on the team’s ability to lock up a third-round selection who was not expected to be on the board at that stage of the draft.
Third-rounder Jon Denney, out of Yukon High School in Oklahoma, is a catcher with middle-of-the-order power potential. He was viewed as a likely first-rounder — likely enough, in fact, that he was invited to the broadcast of day one of the draft on MLB Network, where he had the uncomfortable misfortune of being the only player invited not to be taken in the first two rounds. Denney has a commitment to the University of Arkansas, and sources acknowledge that the Sox will have to go well beyond the slot recommendation of $671,200 in order to land a slugger (with a 65-70 power grade on the scouting 20-80 scale) at a premium position.He inspired awe with a 440-plus foot homer with a wood bat last summer against other elite high school talent at the Area Code games.
But the fact that the team expects to sign both Ball and Stankiewicz for less than their slot-recommended bonus figures (with a slot recommendation of $3.25 million for Ball’s first-round pick and $1.23 million available from the second-round selection that ended up being Stankiewicz) suggests that the Sox will have some financial flexibility to make an aggressive play for Denney.
“We don’t shy away from taking the best player on the board,” said Sawdaye on Sunday’s “Down on the Farm.” “Jon was clearly that for us. We’re going to make a concerted effort to sign him and hopefully we get it done so we can add his power package to the organization.”
While Ball is expected to sign for less than slot value, multiple sources suggest that he was the best player on the Sox board when they made their first-round (No. 7 overall) selection, and tabbed him solely based on his position on the draft board and not based on the possibility of saving money for other picks in the draft.
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