JULY 6: After his physical revealed a reportedly minor issue, Stankiewicz ultimately signed for $915k, according to a tweet from Baseball America's Jim Callis. This means that Boston has committed to spend $875,500 less than its bonus allotment at present, Callis explains, and can spend an additional $318,770 on top of that before it would have to sacrifice a draft pick. These figures could change if the team signs fourth-round choice Myles Smith for above or below his slot allocation. Should the club attempt to pursue one of its hard-sign, late-round picks, such as 13th-rounder Jordan Sheffield, Callis says it could afford to go as high as $1.3MM. (Twitter links.)
JUNE 10: The Red Sox have reached an agreement with secound-round pick Teddy Stankiewicz that will pay the Seminole State junior college right-hander roughly $1.1MM when finalized, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com. The deal is pending a physical.
Stankiewicz was selected with the No. 45 overall selection in the draft — a pick which carries a recommended slot value of $1,229,600, according to Baseball America. In other words, Stankiewicz will be signing for about $130K under slot value. He was selected 75th overall by the Mets last year but elected to head to junior college instead.
Red Sox amateur scouting director Amiel Sawdaye spoke highly of Stankeiwicz:
“He’s a big, physical pitcher. He’s got, probably for me, one of the best deliveries in the draft. His arm works really well. He throws three pitches, and he really commands his fastball."
The 19-year-old Stankiewicz, who is being advised by the BBI Sports Group, ranked 77th on Baseball America's list of Top 500 draft prospects, 88th on Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com's Top 100 list and 61st on Keith Law of ESPN's Top 100 list. Law noted that he sits 91-96 mph with his fastball and features a curveball, slider and changeup as well.
Jeff Todd contributed to this post.