SECAUCUS, NJ: MLB commissioner Bud Selig speaks during the MLB First Year Player Draft held in Studio 42 at the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Boston has locked up two more of their draft picks from the first 10 rounds of the 2012 MLB draft. Pat Light, Boston's selection at #37, and Jamie Callahan, their first pick of the second day in round two, have both inked deals that make them part of the Red Sox organization.
Light was the second of two picks Boston received as compensation for losing Jonathan Papelbon. He signed for $1 million, according to Alex Speier, nearly $400,000 below the slot recommendation. That's even more money to play with when it comes to Deven Marrero and Ty Buttrey, and there was already plenty of that thanks to the signing of so many college seniors at discounted rates.
Light has a plus-plus fastball that ranges from 90 to 96 miles per hour, and while he's likely to start in the minors, his future projects in relief. If he can get one of his secondary offerings refined enough to be a reliable second pitch, then he could be a devastating back-end bullpen piece someday.
Callahan is just 17 years old, and already has touched 94 mph with his own fastball. He's one of the more significant upside picks that the Red Sox made, and it's good news to see him signed. There's no word as of yet as to what his deal is for, but as stated, there's plenty of room leftover in the budget to give him more than the $565,000 slot recommendation, if that's what it took to pry him from school and into the pros.