|Red Sox sign Arizona State football star Brandon Magee||07.12.12 at 2:14 pm ET|
The Red Sox have already signed a wide receiver, and now appear close to adding a linebacker to their ranks.
A few days after the team signed Khiry Cooper, a wide receiver out of the University of Tulsa (formerly the University of Nebraska) who is expected to enter the Red Sox system after playing football in the fall, the team completed a deal (according to multiple major league sources) on Thursday afternoon with 23rd round pick Brandon Magee, a star linebacker at ASU who played 23 games over three years for the Sun Devils baseball team.
Magee hit .103/.297/.138 while striking out 22 times in 29 at-bats, though such numbers were considered virtually inevitable given that almost all of his career has been dedicated to the gridiron, with little time spent playing baseball. Still, he is considered an incredible athlete and is tremendously strong, making him an intriguing low-risk, high-upside play should he be able to get regular playing time as a professional outfielder.
He blew out his Achilles prior to the 2011 football season, requiring season-ending surgery, and will play football for ASU in 2012 before he starts his pro baseball career with the Sox next spring training. Magee has been drafted twice previously, first by the Rays in the 29th round in 2008 and then by the Athletics in the 21st round of the 2011 draft.
|Red Sox complete deals with first-rounder Brian Johnson, third-rounder Austin Maddox||06.26.12 at 8:04 pm ET|
According to industry sources, the Red Sox officially have signed first-rounder Brian Johnson, a two-way player at the University of Florida whom the team will develop as a starting left-handed pitcher, for the slot-recommended bonus of $1.575 million. The team will also sign third-round selection Austin Maddox for an under-slot bonus of $350,000 (the slot recommended bonus for his pick having been $400,000).
The Red Sox have now reached agreements with all of their 12 draftees from the first 10 rounds of the draft, having spent beyond the recommended draft bonus pool, meaning that the team will incur some financial penalties for its draft spending. Read the rest of this entry »
|Red Sox first-rounder Brian Johnson, third-rounder Austin Maddox close to deals||06.21.12 at 9:58 am ET|
According to multiple industry sources, the Red Sox are close to deals with both first-round selection (No. 31 overall pick) Brian Johnson, a left-hander out of the University of Florida, and teammate Austin Maddox, a right-hander who served as closer for the Gators. Both will be in Boston on Friday for physicals.
Johnson, according to a source, is expected to sign for the MLB slot recommendation of $1.575 million. Maddox, meanwhile, is expected to sign for less than the $400,500 slot recommendation, thus giving the Sox some potential flexibility to negotiate with players taken after the 10th round.
At this point, unless an issue emerges with Johnson or Maddox in the physical, the Sox will not sign selections from the 11th round and beyond who expect drastically more than $100,000. The new draft system defines a bonus pool for the first 10 rounds based on the slot recommended bonuses for each pick. The Sox’ allotment totaled $6.884 million. The team can spend up to that amount without incurring any penalties; it will be penalized at a 75 percent tax rate for an overage of up to 5 percent (meaning, for any spending of up to $344,200 beyond the bonus pool); if the team exceeds its draft bonus pool by more than 5 percent, then it would lose a draft pick. Read the rest of this entry »
|Red Sox sign Ole Miss left-hander Dylan Chavez||06.14.12 at 5:24 pm ET|
According to a major league source, the Red Sox have signed left-hander Dylan Chavez, whom they selected out of Ole Miss in the 14th round of the draft. Chavez will be with the Lowell Spinners for the start of their season.
Chavez, who played his high school ball for Rob Rinaldi — who coached Dustin Pedroia at Woodland High School — pounded the strike zone for Ole Miss after transferring from American River Community College. In 16 games, the skinny, 6-foot-3 lefty went 3-4 with a 4.66 ERA while striking out 36 and walking six in 36 2/3 innings. That strikeout-to-walk ratio represented a somewhat stunning reversal from Chavez’s performance at American River, where he struck out 46 and walked 38 in 63 innings. He features an 88-92 mph fastball and a low-80s slider along with some funk in his delivery.
According to the source, the left-hander signed for less than $100,000, and so his signing does not implicate the Red Sox’ bonus pool of $6.884 million with which the team must sign its draftees from the first 10 rounds.
|Red Sox agree to deal with J.B. Wendelken, pitcher from ‘Reddick U.’||06.12.12 at 6:58 pm ET|
According to a major league source, the Red Sox have agreed to terms with right-hander J.B. Wendelken, the team’s 13th round selection in the 2012 draft. While the deal is not yet complete, pending the conclusion of routine procedures (including a physical and drug test), the 19-year-old would join the organization for $100,000.
In adding Wendelken, the Red Sox are adding a player from the same program where they had one of their greatest scouting successes in recent years. In 2006, the Red Sox had arguably their best pure scouting pick of the last decade when they selected outfielder Josh Reddick — a South Effingham High School product by way of Middle Georgia Junior College — in the 16th round of the draft. And so, they can be forgiven for going back to the well.
In Wendelken, they selected a pitcher who, like Reddick, was coming out of Middle Georgia by way of South Effingham, selecting J.B. Wendelken with their 13th round selection. Wendelken was dominant in 2012, going 7-0 with a 0.20 ERA while striking out 54 and walking eight in 46 innings. He features a fastball that has been described in different reports as topping out at 92-95 mph.
News of the agreement was first reported by Jim Callis of Baseball America (via twitter).
|Red Sox close to signing football star/outfielder Shaq Thompson||06.11.12 at 4:34 pm ET|
His name is Shaq. He profiles like Deion. And he is close to being a Red Sox.
According to a major league source, the Red Sox are close to finalizing an agreement with 18th-round draft pick Shaq Thompson, an outfielder out of Grant High School in California. Within days, he is expected to join the Red Sox to begin his pro baseball career.
However, Thompson is better known as one on the most celebrated football recruits in the country. Later this summer, he will start his football career as a defensive back at the University of Washington, a school that Thompson decided to attend after initially committing to Cal.
The reason for Thompson’s decision to attend Washington was of particular interest to the Red Sox: The UW Athletics Department said that it was fine having Thompson play football while also pursuing a professional baseball career. And so, the Red Sox were comfortable drafting him with the knowledge that, by signing him, they’ll get the chance to work with Thompson outside of the football season, with the hope that he can develop despite playing on a compressed baseball schedule. Read the rest of this entry »
|Red Sox sign five college seniors from draft, close on deals with three more top picks||06.09.12 at 8:14 pm ET|
The Red Sox signed five college seniors whom they selected in the first 10 rounds of the 2012 MLB draft. The quick deals come as little surprise, since seniors lack negotiating leverage, something that the Sox undoubtedly had in mind when taking them, since players who can be signed for relatively low bonuses in the first 10 rounds would permit the team valuable financial flexibility with other picks in the draft. (For more on how drafting college seniors increased the Sox’ flexibility to pursue high-ceiling draft picks, click here).
The players signed are:
Fifth-rounder Mike Augliera, who had an 83-to-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio for Binghamton (more on him here)
Seventh-rounder Kyle Kraus, a 5-foot-11 right-hander out of the University of Portland (more on him here)
Eighth-rounder Nathan Minnich, a power-hitter who became the first player ever drafted out of Shepherd University (more on him here)
Tenth-rounder J.T. Watkins of Army, an impressive catch-and-throw guy who will play this summer before he starts his military service in the fall; Watkins is the son of Red Sox area scout Danny Watkins (more on him here)
Terms of the bonuses were not available.
The team is also close to deals on three of its other picks from the first 10 rounds. Supplemental first-rounder Pat Light, a hard-throwing starter out of Monmouth whom scouting director Amiel Sawdaye described as having one of the best fastballs in the draft, is close to signing, as are second-rounder Jamie Callahan (a high school right-hander out of South Carolina who throws in the mid-90s) and sixth-rounder Justin Haley, a 20-year-old right-hander out of Fresno (more on him here).
|Red Sox draft pick Ty Buttrey will be allowed to take part in graduation||06.07.12 at 5:49 pm ET|
One day after a brief controversy swirled about whether he would be able to take part in his high school graduation, Red Sox fourth-round draft pick Ty Buttrey was informed that he will indeed be able to do so. Buttrey and his mother met with the principal of Providence High School on Wednesday and were informed that, despite the fact that Buttrey had not been able to take part in the rehearsal exercises while fielding calls during the MLB draft, he would be able to participate in his graduation ceremony.
[Providence High School principal Tracey] Harrill met with Ty Buttrey and his mother Wednesday afternoon to discuss his participation in the graduation ceremony. During the meeting, Harrill shared her thoughts about the situation and made a decision at 5:30 p.m. to allow Ty to participate in the graduation.
“No decision had been made prior to this meeting and Ms. Harrill never told Ty or his parents that he could not walk,” school officials told WBTV Wednesday evening. “She communicated her decision directly to Ty and his mother at today’s meeting.”
School officials say they wish Buttrey well in his future endeavors.
“We are proud of all he has accomplished.”
Buttrey, considered a potential first-round selection entering the draft, was taken by the Red Sox with their fourth-round selection after going 9-1 with a 0.91 ERA as a senior. The 6-foot-6 right-hander features a mid-90s fastball along with a knuckle-curve. He slipped in the draft amidst questions about his signability away from a scholarship at Arkansas. While his slot in the draft carried a $291,300 recommended bonus from Major League Baseball, it is believed that Buttrey would need a bonus significantly beyond that figure — perhaps into seven figures — in order to sign with the Sox.
For more on the right-hander, click here.
|Red Sox draft picks, Rounds 31-40: An NFL QB, a celebration of New England and Red Sox ties, and a guy who has ‘no idea’ why he was drafted||at 2:58 am ET|
An eclectic blend of picks closed out the Red Sox‘ 2012 draft, including a player who is currently in the employ of an NFL club…
31ST ROUND (NO. 961): AUSTIN DAVIS, RHP, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (SENIOR), 23 YEARS OLD
Just as they did in rounds 21-30, the Red Sox selected a college football standout with little to no baseball experience. Davis was a record-setting quarterback at Southern Miss, an undertaking he took seriously enough to stop playing baseball as of 2007. Though he wasn’t selected in the NFL draft, he signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent.
32ND ROUND (NO. 991): HUNTER WOOD, RHP, ROGERS HERITAGE HS (AR.), 18 YEARS OLD
Wood is a 6-foot-1 right-hander with room to fill out his listed 171-pound frame. Though he played center field for his high school team, the Sox announced his selection as a pitcher. Baseball America described him as a pitcher with an 87-91 mph fastball and room to add velocity, but suggested his curveball was a ‘meh’ pitch. He has a scholarship commitment to Howard College, a junior college in Texas.
33RD ROUND (NO. 1,021): CHRIS CARLSON, OF, ORANGE COAST COLLEGE (CA.), 21 YEARS OLD
Carlson, who is slated to transfer from Orange Coast College to New Mexico State, hit .438 with a .521 OBP, .723 slugging mark and seven homers in 2012. He earned California Community College Player of the Year honors. Baseball America describes him as a player with slightly above-average speed and surprising pop given his 5-foot-10 frame. His academic interests sound rather narrowly defined. It is difficult to overlook the fact that he had a teammate at Orange Coast named Boog Powell.
34TH ROUND (NO. 1,051): XAVIER TURNER, 2B, SANDUSKY HS (OH.), 18 YEARS OLD
Turner features a good across-the-board skill set and had a huge performance in a summer wood bat league prior to his senior year, hitting .603 with a 1.678 OPS. He played third, short and outfield in high school, but the Sox announced him as a second baseman. He has a scholarship commitment to Vanderbilt, a school that rarely loses its recruits through the draft at the end of high school. It sounds as if Turner will be no different, as his father told The Morning Journal that his son had taken himself “officially unofficially” out of consideration for big league clubs.
Xavier was the 77th most popular name conferred upon newborns in 2011, but when Turner was born in 1993, it ranked just 141st.
35TH ROUND (NO. 1,081): PAT DELANO, RHP, BRAINTREE HS (MA.), 18 YEARS OLD
The Red Sox’ first New England draftee, Delano had a 1.21 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 57 innings. He is a giant on the mound, listed at 6-foot-7 and 260 pounds. After losing his junior season to Tommy John surgery, his velocity bounced back as a senior. He features a fastball that some reports have in the low-90s and a curveball that, according to this Patriot Ledger profile, was ex-Sox pitcher Brian Rose. Delano has a commitment to Vanderbilt, however.
36TH ROUND (NO. 1,111): MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ, C, UNC-CHARLOTTE (SENIOR), 21 YEARS OLD
Rodriguez, the son of Red Sox minor league hitting coordinator Victor Rodriguez and the brother of Red Sox scout Victor Rodriguez Jr., struggled offensively as a senior, hitting .160 with a .236 OBP and .173 slugging mark. However, as a junior, he hit .300/.353/.420. Here’s a good video profile of the catcher, which includes some entertaining anecdotes about both his playing career and life on a college baseball team.
37TH ROUND (NO. 1,141): JONATHAN DZIEDZIC, LHP, LAMAR UNIVERSITY (TX.), 21 YEARS OLD
The Humble, Texas, native missed almost all of 2011 with an elbow injury (after leading his conference in strikeouts as a freshman) but bounced back well in 2012, going 5-4 with a 3.47 ERA, 68 strikeouts and 34 walks in 72 2/3 innings. As a result of his missed 2011 season, he just finished his redshirt sophomore season, and has two more years of college eligibility.
And he’ll use at least one of them. Dziedzic made clear to teams that he planned to stay at Lamar. Asked (in this article) why the Sox drafted him, Dziedzic replied, “I have no idea.”
38TH ROUND (NO. 1,171): DONALD SMITH, C, CLAFLIN UNIVERSITY (FL.) (SENIOR), 22 YEARS OLD
Smith sounded more enthused than Dziedzic about being selected, referring to the development (in this article) as being as exciting as “when I was a kid catching my first big fish.” In his junior year, the catcher/DH hit .423/.518/.701. Smith is the first player drafted in Claflin history.
39TH ROUND (NO. 1,201): KURT SCHLUTER, RHP, STETSON UNIVERSITY (FL.), 21 YEARS OLD
Winner of the title of Best Twitter Handle By A Red Sox Draft Pick, Schluter evidently learned of his selection by the Sox while driving up the East Coast en route to the Cape where he will play for Chatham this summer. After going 8-0 with a 1.40 ERA, 55 strikeouts and 18 walks in 57 2/3 innings as a sophomore, Schluter was 5-3 with a 5.45 ERA, 53 strikeouts and 28 walks in 67 2/3 innings as a junior. His college coach said that he expects Schluter to stay in school.
While Schluter has tasted victory plenty of times in a college career that has seen him forge a 16-6 record, he has also tasted defeat in the form of an evident mauling with shaving cream.
40TH ROUND (NO. 1,231): KEVIN HELLER, OF, AMHERST COLLEGE (MA.) (SENIOR), 22 YEARS OLD
As detailed here, Heller was more than happy to shift his loyalties very rapidly on Wednesday, as the lifelong Yankees fan (and Brooklyn native) embraced a lifelong rival when the Red Sox called his name with their 40th round pick. The Red Sox can open an Amherst alumni chapter, as several front office members (including GM Ben Cherington and amateur scouting coordinator Jared Banner, who contacted Heller right after the pick) hail from the NESCAC school.
Heller hit .374/.474/.523 this year; last summer, he set a home run record in the wood-bat Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League by going deep 19 times.
The 40th round has featured some illustrious draftees in recent years, having yielded big leaguers Brandon Morrow, Hunter Pence, Matt Garza and Jonathan Papelbon, though none of those players signed after being taken in the 40th round, instead returning to school and putting themselves in a better draft position. However, there has been an impact player at the 1,231st pick in the draft, as the Nationals selected (and signed) Brad Peacock from that draft spot in 2006. Peacock went to Oakland this past offseason in the deal that sent Gio Gonzalez to Washington.
|Red Sox draft picks, rounds 21-30: Red Sox go for college football standouts and a Muddy Chicken winner||06.06.12 at 9:44 pm ET|
This group of picks is most notable for an unusual demographic: College football players at prominent national programs who have spent little time on a baseball field in recent years. That, and for one player whose hero is a pop sensation, and another who claimed an honor inspired by a certain Red Sox second baseman…
21ST ROUND (NO. 661): JAKE DAVIES, 1B, GEORGIA TECH (SENIOR), 22 YEARS OLD
Davies hit .326/.401/.548 with 14 homers and led the ACC with 73 RBI as a senior. Though he also served as a left-handed bullpen contributor for Georgia Tech, the Sox announced his selection as a first baseman. Listed at 6-foot-0 and 230 pounds, there may be limitations regarding his defense and athleticism, but evidently, the man can hit, at least in college. Playing for Harwich in the Cape League last summer, he hit .266 with a homer and 19 RBI. He is the brother of former Braves and Royals pitcher Kyle Davies.
22ND ROUND (NO. 691): JOE GREENFIELD, RHP, SOUTH SUBURBAN COLLEGE (IL), 20 YEARS OLD
The Sox often like to take big right-handers from the Midwest, believing that as with many New Englanders, pitchers from the region can be undervalued in the draft because they spend most of their short seasons pitching without their best stuff. That said, because Midwesterners are at the mercy of the weather, they are often more raw than players from warmer regions of the country who play virtually year-round.
Greenfield was 3-6 with a 4.28 ERA, 95 strikeouts and 30 walks in 82 innings as a sophomore. He has a big pitcher’s frame (6-foot-4, 220). On the team’s website, the South Suburban coach suggested that Greenfield features an “intimidating fastball” and an off-speed repertoire. Something not intimidating about Greenfield? The fact that he professes his personal hero to be Justin Bieber.
23RD ROUND (NO. 721): BRANDON MAGEE, OF, ARIZONA STATE (SENIOR), 21 YEARS OLD
Magee barely played baseball at ASU, as he spent most of his college career as a linebacker for the football team. Still, he played in 27 games, hitting .103/.297/.138 while striking out 22 times in 29 at-bats. Still, he is considered an incredible athlete and is incredibly strong. In this interview, Magee said that even though his college baseball eligibility has concluded, his baseball-playing days were not done. That said, after missing the 2011 football season and 2012 baseball season after blowing out his Achilles and undergoing surgery, he is expected to return to ASU to play football in the fall. But Magee told the Arizona Republic that the Red Sox expressed a willingness to let him play his senior football season at ASU if he signs.
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