With two picks on the first day of the 2013 MLB Draft the Boston Red Sox decided to pluck up some young, talented arms to add to an ever-growing stable of talented hurlers coming up the ranks.
With the seventh overall selection, the highest slot the Red Sox have held since 1993, they called on Trey Ball, a 6-foot-6, 18-year-old left-hander out of New Castle High School in Indiana.
Ball was projected as the top southpaw in the draft by Baseball America who referred to him as a “Wiry, athletic lefthander [whose fastball] sits 92-94 [miles per hour] with a good curveball and feel for a changeup.”
A two-way player, Ball has committed to play collegiately at the University of Texas, but should be signable with the 7th selection in the draft carrying a slotted salary of $3,246,000.
In ten games on the mound for New Castle this past season he went 6-0, with a 0.76 ERA, 93 strikeouts and only 13 walks over 46 innings pitched, reaching a high water mark of 15 Ks versus Marion on April 7th.
At the plate Ball, who plays in the outfielder when not pitching, had a .322 batting average with 10 home runs with 29 RBIs, helping his own cause with 8 runs batted in while he was on the mound. He also stole 21 bases.
Ball, who immediately drew comparisons to Red Sox top left-handed prospect Henry Owens, another tall, lanky flame-thrower, will turn 19 on June 27th.
Check out more on Ball in the following videos.
With the 45th overall choice in the draft the Red Sox once again grabbed a tall young hurler, this time getting Teddy Stankiewicz, a 6-foot-6, 19-year-old right-hander out of Seminole State College, a community college in Oklahoma.
Of Stankiewicz, Baseball America states that he got his fastball “up to 96 [miles per hour] this spring with an above-average slider.”
Highly touted as a “power” arm, Stankiewicz was drafted in the second round by the New York Mets last year, number 75 overall out of high school, but chose not to sign when New York offered him a salary under that of the slot in which he was taken.
Instead, after choosing to not go to Arkansas where he had originally committed, he opted to go to Seminole State where he would be eligible for the draft again this year, lending to the notion that he is eager to start his pro career, boosting his signability for Boston as the Sox should handily meet the slot salary of $1,229,600.
In his one season at Seminole he went 4-5 in 11 games with a 2.52 ERA while striking out 70 over 60 2/3 innings, averaging over 10 Ks per game.
Prior to that Stankiewicz was 12-2 with a 1.35 ERA and 135 strikouts in 93 1/3 innings as a senior at Fort Worth Christian High School in Texas.
Check out more on Stankiewicz and his stuff in these videos.
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