Thursday, June 20, 2013

Pedroia to Trey Ball: 'Hurry Up So I Can Retire'

The 'Ball' In Your Future
The Red Sox signed first pick Trey Ball yesterday (along with 10 other draftees), and brought the lanky lefty into the team's clubhouse. He was immediately razzed by Dustin Pedroia who shouted, "Hurry up so I can retire!" As suspected, Ball signed well under the slot number for his draft position—getting $2.75 million from the Red Sox. This—along with other discounted signings—allows third-round pick Jon Denney to be signed above his slot number. Asked about Ball, General manager Ben Cherington said, "We sort of go through the checklist of things that we need to see in a high school pitcher to invest a first-round pick, and he just checks all the boxes." We agree with The Muddy Chicken: Get here quickly, Trey!