Source: Red Sox sign former Padres first-rounder Karsten Whitson
|06.21.14 at 11:39 am ET|
According to a major league source, the Red Sox have signed their 11th-round pick in the recent June amateur draft, pitcher Karsten Whitson, to a deal that includes a signing bonus of $100,000.
Whitson was the ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft, ultimately turning down a $2.1 million signing bonus from the Padres in order to attend the University of Florida.
The hurler’s decision back-fired, undergoing shoulder surgery as a junior (the first year he was once again eligible for the draft), before ultimately being selected by Washington in the 37th round of the ’13 draft.
Whitson returned to Florida for his senior season, making nine starts for the Gators before returning to the bullpen. He finished the ’14 campaign with a 3.86 ERA, hitting 96 mph during the SEC Tournament.
The pitcher could have returned for another year in Gainesville, Fla. due to his medical red-shirt, but instead agreed to terms with the Red Sox.
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