BOSTON (CBS) – After a 69-93 campaign in the 2012 season, the Boston Red Sox found themselves with the seventh-overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft.
The Red Sox used that pick Thursday night, selecting Trey Ball, a left handed pitcher from New Castle High School in Indiana.
The 18-year-old Ball top draft eligible left-handed pitcher according to Baseball America. The 6-foot-5, 175-pound southpaw went 6-0 with a 0.76 ERA, 93 strikeouts, and just 13 walks to help New Castle to a school-record 22 wins and its first ever outright North Central Conference Championship. He was also named the Gatorade Indiana Baseball Player of the Year.
“We viewed Trey as one of the most complete players available in this year’s draft,” said Red Sox Director of Amateur Scouting Amiel Sawdaye. “His size, athleticism, competitiveness, and makeup made him attractive to the Red Sox as we watched his outstanding performance as both a pitcher and an outfielder. We were thrilled that such a talented player was available to us, and believe that Trey will excel professionally as a left-handed pitcher.”
Ball also appeared as an outfielder for the Trojans, batting .329 with nine home runs and 20 stolen bases in 21 attempts during the regular season.
The last time the Red Sox had such a high selection in the draft was in 1993, when they drafted outfielder Trot Nixon, also seventh overall.
The club also selected right-handed pitcher Teddy Stankiewicz from Seminole State College in Oklahoma with their second round selection — 45th overall.
The 19-year-old Stankiewicz went 4-5 with a 2.52 ERA (17 ER) with 70 strikeouts and only 10 walks allowed in 60.2 innings over 11 appearances (nine starts) for Seminole State this season.