By Andrew Petrie, Globe Correspondent
Scott Weismann knew he would be pitching for the Tigers next year. But now he has a decision -- Clemson or Detroit?
The Acton-Boxboro ace was selected by the Detroit Tigers in Day 2 of the Major League Baseball Draft Friday. Weismann, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound right-handed pitcher, got tabbed in the 18th round (553d overall).
Weismann, who received the call while at a friend's house this afternoon, said that, though he was excited by the news, he still wants to keep his options open.
"I have no clue what's going to happen," said Weismann. "They're going to call me back, but I haven't made a decision yet. It's still up in the air. It's honestly going to come down to how much money I'm offered."
Acton-Boxboro coach Patrick Grucela has no doubt his star pitcher will make the right decision.
"He's got a good head on his shoulders," said Grucela, whose charges advanced to the Division 1 North quarterfinals this spring before bowing to Haverhill. "He knows he'll get a great education at Clemson while playing baseball, and he's aware of the opportunity with the Tigers. Either environment will be great for him."
Weismann said the Tigers organization will probably keep a close eye on him while he plays for the Ohio Warhawks this summer. He said he'll probably be tendered a contract, and after that the two sides will be able to negotiate from there.
The selection of Weismann, who was named the Gatorade Massachusetts Baseball Player of the Year, marked a significant moment in the rebuilding of the A-B baseball program. The two-time Dual County Leage MVP started the 2008 season 6-2 with a 0.96 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 51 innings, and batted .404 with 10 RBI through 19 games.
Weismann initially got contacted by the Tigers in the fourth round on Day 1. He didn't get drafted for a considerable time after, however, likely due to the fact that most clubs knew he wouldn't sign for less than second-round money.
From South Carolina's The State,
Clemson had its fingers crossed, though, with pitcher Scott Weismann of Boxbourgh, who made it known he would sign for second-round money.
Weismann got a call from Detroit in the fourth round, but the Tigers wound up taking someone else.
Weismann said Thursday night he would have to wait and see how the draft plays out before guaranteeing he will attend college.
Last year, Roxbury Latin's Jack McGeary -- a potential first-round selection -- slid to the sixth round before being taken by the Washington Nationals. It appeared McGeary would follow through with his commitment to Stanford, but he struck a midnight deal with the Nationals on the eve of the signing deadline when the club offered him first-round money.
With a strong performance this summer, Weismann might be able to drive up his own price tag, but can always enroll at Clemson if he and the Detroit Tigers are unable to hash out a deal.
A note on another local from our friends at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette:
St. Peter-Marian fireballer Keith Landers now has a decision to make. What's his favorite bird: Cardinals or Orioles.
It took a little longer than most expected, but Landers was drafted moments ago by the Baltimore Orioles with their 18th round selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
Landers, who had just pitched the Guardians into the Division 1 Central Mass. final yesterday over Algonquin, was selected 536th overall and was the sixth left-handed pitcher drafted by the Orioles.
Now Landers has to make a decision between signing with the Orioles or heading to the University of Louisville, where he has a four-year scholarship waiting for him to pitch for the Cardinals.
Boston.com's Chris Forsberg contributed to this report.
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