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June 5, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Red Sox select Ty Buttrey in the fourth round


Ty Buttrey (Perfect Game)
With their fourth-round pick in the draft, the Red Sox have selected Ty Buttrey, a right-handed pitcher from Providence High School in Charlotte, N.C. Buttrey was rated the 38th best prospect overall by Baseball America entering the draft, the highest available player Baseball America's board when the Red Sox made their selection.

At 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, Buttrey is a highly projectable power pitcher who gained attention early in the spring when he was touching 96 with his fastball. That velocity dropped some throughout the season, likely because Buttrey was used out of the bullpen between his starts, and he was sitting in the 90-93 range toward the end of the year.

Buttrey also features a good knuckle-curve that he throws between 77-79, and a developing change-up with good arm action in the 80-82 range.

At 19-years old, Buttrey is on the older side for a high school pick. Committed to the University of Arkansas, if he chooses not to sign he would be draft eligible after his Sophomore season. It is possible that Buttrey will be offered an over-slot deal using money that the Red Sox save on other picks in the first 10 rounds.

Buttrey is not the first player to be selected by the Red Sox out of Providence High in recent memory, as 2007 seventh-round pick David Mailman, who played in the Red Sox system for six years, was also a Providence grad.

 
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