Red Sox grab another pitcher, taking high school right-hander Ty Buttrey with fourth-round pick

June 05, 2012 - 10:58 am
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The Red Sox added another arm to their staff in the fourth round, selecting right-handed pitcher Ty Buttrey with the No. 151 overall pick. Buttrey is a 6-foot-6, 210 pound pitcher from Providence High School in Charlotte, N.C. and was ranked No. 25 in the ESPN 100 rankings. He is committed to play his college baseball at Arkansas. The 19-year-old pitcher finished his 2012 season with a 9-2 record, keeping a 0.91 ERA while striking out 100 hitters. Buttrey throws his fastball in the 94-96 mph range, and also features a changeup and a knuckle curveball at this point in his development. Buttrey is the fifth consecutive pitcher drafted by the Red Sox in this draft, as Ben Cherington has already drafted Brian Johnson, Pat Light, Jamie Callahan, and Austin Maddox in previous rounds. Buttrey represents a pitcher who seemingly fell due to signability reasons. His presence on the board in the fourth round is in part evidence of the structure of the draft rules under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Had the Sox taken Buttrey with their second pick, for instance, the slot-recommended bonus for him would have been $1.575 million. If he did not sign for that amount, then the Sox -- whose can spend $6.884 million on their "bonus pool" for the top 10 rounds -- would have lost that $1.575 million from their bonus pool for the first 10 rounds. They would not have been able to reallocate those funds. So, not only would the Sox have lost Buttrey, but they also would have lost significant flexibility to reallocate money and sign other players later in the draft. But, as a fourth-round selection, Buttrey's slot is just $291,300, and so if the Sox do not sign him, the cost to their financial flexibility will be limited. Moreover, if the Sox manage to sign any of their top picks for a bonus amount that is less than the full slot recommendation for that pick, then they can redistribute that money to later picks in the draft. So, if the Sox sign Brian Johnson, the left-hander out of Florida whom they selected with the No. 31 pick, for a $1 million bonus, they would be able to redistribute the remaining $575,000 of his slot to other picks in the draft, perhaps including Buttrey. At any rate, here'€™s a video of Buttrey: