Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Red Sox sign top pick Ball, 10 others
By Kyle Brasseur, Special to ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- The Red Sox on Wednesday announced the signing of 18-year-old first-round pick Trey Ball as well as 10 other draft picks.
Ball, a left-handed pitcher out of New Castle, Indiana, was the seventh overall pick in the draft, Boston’s earliest pick since selecting Trot Nixon at seven in 1993. Ball will report to the Gulf Coast League Red Sox next week, where he’ll begin his professional career.
According to ESPN Insider Keith Law, Ball was the top draft-eligible left-handed pitcher. The 6-foot-6 southpaw went 6-0 with an ERA of 0.76 and 93 strikeouts in 46 innings in his senior season at New Castle High School, where he was named an All-American. Ball also stood out as an outfielder, batting .329 with 9 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Many draft experts projected that he could go in the first round as either a pitcher or outfielder.
Ball is the earliest high school first-rounder to sign a deal with the Red Sox since Jason Place in 2006.
In addition to Ball, the Red Sox confirmed the signings of outfielder Forrestt Allday (eighth round), right-hander Kyle Martin (ninth round), right-hander Taylor Grover (10th round), infielder Carlos Asuaje (11th round), catcher Jake Romanski (14th round), outfielder Bryan Hudson (15th round), right-hander Joe Gunkel (18th round), infielders Reed Gragnani (21st round) and Jantzen Witte (24th round), and catcher Daniel Bethea (34th round).
The terms of each signing was not released.
Brasseur contributes to ESPNBoston.com’s Red Sox coverage.