The Red Sox have added an intriguing arm to their farm system tonight, signing 17-year-old lefty Daniel McGrath out of Australia. McGrath has been in the news for months, but made his decision to sign with the Red Sox rather than go to college in the United States.
McGrath is 6-foot-3, and pitched for the Doncaster Dragons in 2011. (The same team that broke the news of him signing with the Red Sox.) There is little in the way of information available about him right now -- Sons of Sam Horn and WEEI.com already hit the major known notes that have been repeated here -- but what we've gathered is that he's tall, left-handed, and his fastball is impressive. And he's not this Danny McGrath.
You can watch highlights of the 17-year-old McGrath punching out nine of New Zealand's hitters in the gold medal game of Oceania's tournament in the video after the jump.
We'll bring you more on McGrath as we learn about him, but, given the lack of pitchers from Boston in most everyone's top 100, adding another arm via international signings is a welcome achievement.