This evening in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Teddy Stankiewicz will take to the hill for the Lowell Spinners, becoming the highest Red Sox draftee from this past June’s Draft to make his professional debut.
Selected in the second round (No. 45 overall) out of Seminole State College in Oklahoma, Stankiewicz will become 15th player selected by Boston in the 2013 Draft to make his debut, following the likes of catcher Jon Denney (third round), left-handed pitcher Corey Littrell (fifth round) and outfielder Jordon Austin (sixth round). First rounder Trey Ball (No. 7 overall), who is currently assigned to the Gulf Coast squad, has yet to debut.
Stankiewicz was a second round selection by the New York Mets in 2012 out of Fort Worth Christian High School (Texas), but decided to go to Seminole State, a community college, after not coming to terms, allowing him an opportunity to get drafted again this season.
We recently caught up to the 6-for-4 right-hander and he gave a rundown of the arsenal of pitches he will put on display for the first time as part of the Red Sox organization tonight:
• “My fastball is my primary pitch. I throw it around 91-93 miles per hour, touching 96.”
• “Changeup is probably my second best pitch. It’s around 80-82 mile per hour. It’s one of my best ground ball pitches.”
• “My slider could be my putout pitch. It’s around 80-83 miles per hour.”
• “My curveball is what I’m working on right now. I’m working on throwing both very well and to end up one day where I have one amazing one and one average one. That way if I need to I can put it away and have that one great pitch.”
• “Working on the curveball. Slide, changeup, fastball are my main pitches right now, but curveball is going to be developed and I think it’ll be a great pitch.”
“I’m going to give it all I’ve got for the innings I’m going to get,” added Stankiewicz, who was unsure what type of inning or pitch limits he may have while with the Spinners. “It’s up to their decision and I trust what they have to say. I’m going to do what I need to do get ready for the team and do what’s best to help the team.”
If the schedule holds true to form with a five-man rotation, Stankiewicz may not make his debut in front of Red Sox nation until the first week of August, but rest assured that with a couple of opportunities to throw in the interim, that he’ll be rearing to go once he finally steps in front of the LeLacheur Park crowd.
“I love every minute of it,” said Stankiewicz of being with the Red Sox organization. “I want to play pro baseball and I’m here now.”
Photo: Seminole State College athletics
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