With the 110th overall pick of the MLB Draft, the Red Sox selected shortstop Sean Coyle out of Germantown Academy (Penn.)
Coyle and the Red Sox have reportedly already come to an agreement. There was word that Coyle would be a tough sign because he was a strong commitment to the University of North Carolina, but it seems that the Sox and Coyle already have something in place.
Coyle is a 5'9" shortstop that can play anywhere in the infield. Dustin Pedroia lite? Perhaps. Coyle is a strong hitter and is great on the basepaths. He's got some wheels, too.
Here's a nice writeup on Coyle, the 2009-2010 Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year:
Gatorade, which is in its 25th year of awarding high school athletes, recognized Coyle as the top baseball player in the state not only because of his performance on the diamond, but for his work in the classroom and community. He finished the year with a 3.22 grade-point average and also volunteers with a Bible study group, works with special-needs kids and coaches baseball.
Coyle is also a finalist for the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year, which will be announced later this month.
"It really is an honor," Coyle said. "To be grouped with some of the other guys who were named player of the year from their state is pretty exciting. There are a lot of elite ballplayers on that list and to be grouped with them is something that is an honor."