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Red Sox sign first-round pick Trey Ball

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  June 19, 2013 03:13 PM

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The Red Sox have signed their first-round draft pick, lefthander Trey Ball of New Castle, Ind. He was the seventh overall selection.

The agreement was first reported by Alex Speier of WEEI.com.

Ball will work out with the Red Sox at Fenway Park, then report to Fort Myers, Fla., and the Gulf Coast League Red Sox next week.

From the team's release:

"Ball was the top draft-eligible lefthanded pitcher according to Baseball America. The 6-foot-6, 175-pounder was named the Gatorade Indiana Baseball Player of the Year after his senior season at New Castle High School, where he went 6-0 with a 0.76 ERA. Ball had 93 strikeouts and only 13 walks in 46 innings. Also a lefthanded hitting outfielder, Ball batted .329 with nine home runs, 28 RBI, 40 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases, to help lead New Castle to a school-record 22 wins.

"Ball was selected to participate in the Under Armour All-American Game and both hit and pitched in the Perfect Game All-American Classic. He was also named an Aflac All-American and an Under Armour All-American as a junior in 2012."

The Red Sox also said they signed:

OF Forrestt Allday (eighth round)
RHP Kyle Martin (ninth round)
RHP Taylor Grover (10th round)
INF Carlos Asuaje (11th round)
C Jake Romanski (14th round).
OF Bryan Hudson (15th round)
RHP Joe Gunkel (18th round)
INF Reed Gragnani (21st round)
INF Jantzen Witte (24th round)
C Daniel Bethea (34th round)

It has been widely reported the Red Sox also have agreed to terms with RHP Teddy Stankiewicz (second round), C Jon Denney (third round), and LHP Corey Littrell (fifth round). The team has not finalized the details, apparently.

Stankiewicz and Littrell both indicated on Twitter that they signed and were assigned to Lowell. Denney wrote on Twitter today, "Headed to Florida!! Starting Rookie ball."

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