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Sources: Red Sox nearing $1.1 million deal with second-round pick Teddy Stankiewicz

06.10.13 at 4:23 pm ET
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According to multiple industry sources, the Red Sox have reached an agreement with second-round pick Teddy Stankiewicz, a 19-year-old right-hander out of Seminole State College in Oklahoma. The deal has not yet been finalized pending a physical. Stankiewicz, taken by the Sox with the No. 45 overall pick, is expected to agree to a deal for a $1.1 million bonus, one source said.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound right-hander went 4-5 with a 2.52 ERA, 70 strikeouts and just 10 walks in 60 2/3 innings this year for Seminole State. He was taken with the No. 75 overall pick by the Mets in 2012, but enrolled in school after New York did not offer him a bonus for the slot recommendation of $680,400. According to one industry source, the Mets offered Stankiewicz $500,000 after they selected him, and upped the offer to $620,000 shortly before the deadline. But Stankiewicz — who would have accepted a bonus at the slot figure — turned down both offers.

The decision proved a financially rewarding one for the right-hander, whose stuff played up during his year in college. Meanwhile, with Stankiewicz accepting a deal for less than the $1.23 million allocated for the No. 45 slot in this draft, the Sox will have some extra money (approximately $130,000) to allocate to other picks while remaining within Major League Baseball’s “recommended” draft bonus pool allowance for the first 10 rounds. But, perhaps more significantly, the team added another live arm who has a pitch mix that suggests the potential to start in the big leagues.

“We have a lot of history with Teddy,” Red Sox amateur scouting director Amiel Sawdaye said last week. “He’s a big, physical pitcher. He’s got, probably for me, one of the best deliveries in the draft. His arm works really well. He throws three pitches, and he really commands his fastball. I think one of the interesting things about Teddy is he’s 19 years old as a junior college pitcher but you can kind of almost consider him pitching like a college junior. We felt like if this kid were at an SEC school like Arkansas where he was slated to go last year, there’s a chance this kid would be pitching like a college junior. He attacks the strike zone. His changeup has really improved from last year to this year, breaking ball has gotten better. We’ve kind of seen a little bit of the improvements from year to year and his fastball was up to 96 this year and really consistently sitting in the low 90s. I think he’s a guy we really felt comfortable with. We trusted, had really good mound demeanor and a guy that was going to go out and throw a lot of strikes and compete at the lower levels right away.”

Once a deal is finalized, Stankiewicz is viewed as likely to start his pro career with the Lowell Spinners, perhaps as soon as next week.

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