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Red Sox sign former ninth overall pick Karsten Whitson

Jun 21, 2014, 12:44 PM EDT

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Four years after being selected ninth overall in the 2010 draft by the Padres, Karsten Whitson is a member of the Red Sox organization, according to WEEI’s Alex Speier.  Whitson signed for $100,000, the most the Red Sox could give him as an 11th-round pick without cutting into their allotted draft pool.

After being drafted out of high school, Whitson turned down $2.1 million deal with the Padres in order to attend the University of Florida, which is where his parents went to school. He starred right away with the Gators, going 8-1 with a 2.40 ERA as a freshman. However, he started battling shoulder problems as a sophomore and missed his entire junior season after surgery, causing him to redshirt.

This year, Whitson had a 3.86 ERA and a 21/23 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings, but he was back throwing in the mid-90s at the end of the year, giving him something to work with as he enters the pros. He’s a lottery ticket for the Red Sox, but one that could pay off.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    But at least he has that University of Florida education.

    That’s sure to make up for the difference in the long run.

  2. paperlions - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    $100K isn’t the maximum for an 11th, it is just the amount that doesn’t count against the draft pool for any pick after the 10th round.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      You’re right, of course. I’ll rephrase.

  3. gmagic9044 - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    College will always be there. Millions of dollars, particularly in athletics, is fleeting.

    • Caught Looking - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      Did Tim Tebow say that?

      • arizonagrit - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        If you meant what I think…Tebow (and all other football players) have no choice but to go to college.

  4. pisano - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Please don’t tell me this guy is Ed Whitson’s son, even the Red Sox don’t deserve that.

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