Red Sox draft pick Ty Buttrey will be allowed to take part in graduation

June 07, 2012 - 1:49 pm

One day after a brief controversy swirled about whether he would be able to take part in his high school graduation, Red Sox fourth-round draft pick Ty Buttrey was informed that he will indeed be able to do so. Buttrey and his mother met with the principal of Providence High School on Wednesday and were informed that, despite the fact that Buttrey had not been able to take part in the rehearsal exercises while fielding calls during the MLB draft, he would be able to participate in his graduation ceremony. This from [Providence High School principal Tracey] Harrill met with Ty Buttrey and his mother Wednesday afternoon to discuss his participation in the graduation ceremony. During the meeting, Harrill shared her thoughts about the situation and made a decision at 5:30 p.m. to allow Ty to participate in the graduation. "No decision had been made prior to this meeting and Ms. Harrill never told Ty or his parents that he could not walk," school officials told WBTV Wednesday evening. "She communicated her decision directly to Ty and his mother at today's meeting." School officials say they wish Buttrey well in his future endeavors. "We are proud of all he has accomplished." Buttrey, considered a potential first-round selection entering the draft, was taken by the Red Sox with their fourth-round selection after going 9-1 with a 0.91 ERA as a senior. The 6-foot-6 right-hander features a mid-90s fastball along with a knuckle-curve. He slipped in the draft amidst questions about his signability away from a scholarship at Arkansas. While his slot in the draft carried a $291,300 recommended bonus from Major League Baseball, it is believed that Buttrey would need a bonus significantly beyond that figure -- perhaps into seven figures -- in order to sign with the Sox. For more on the right-hander, click here.