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First-rounder spurning Longhorns for Red Sox

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07:12 AM ET 06.07 | Lefty Trey Ball may have expected to be a first-rounder, or even a top 10 pick, but he didn't see himself going to the Red Sox at No. 7 -- even if he fits a lot of what Boston seeks in the draft. Ball has a commitment to pitch for the University of Texas, but given his surprise at being drafted so high, it's hard to imagine him fulfilling that commitment. Indeed, for the New Castle (Ind.) High School alum, Thursday night represented a moment of considerable celebration. "Right now, it's still open [whether he'll go to college or turn pro]. We haven't shut the door on anything. But it's the best fit for me and my family. Anything can happen, but I feel that Boston is right for me," said Ball.

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June 7, 2013  08:00 AM ET

Don't go to Texas, it's all beers, steers, and **** bwah!

June 7, 2013  08:31 AM ET

First round pick equals big bonus. Get paid as soon as you can kid. You might blow your shoulder out at Texas and never get paid. Go to college during the off season.

June 7, 2013  08:40 AM ET

If you have a good chance to play in the big leagues then coming straight out of high school is your best bet. College coached don't care about these kids. They are 3 or 4 year rentals to them, and only care about winning now and keeping their jobs.

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June 7, 2013  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The same could be said for major league teams.

At least they get paid in the bigs.

June 7, 2013  10:05 AM ET

Every one sing with me now, please come to Boston for the springtime

June 7, 2013  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If you have a good chance to play in the big leagues then coming straight out of high school is your best bet. College coached don't care about these kids. They are 3 or 4 year rentals to them, and only care about winning now and keeping their jobs.

Plus, there's very little chance of him being drafted in an equal or higher position after his junior year.

June 7, 2013  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The same could be said for major league teams.

MLB teams have long term investments in these kids. They will handle him with kid gloves.

June 7, 2013  12:42 PM ET

Longhorn spurned by man....different, very different.

June 7, 2013  02:05 PM ET

He's starting the bonus negotiations right away: "Right now it's still open---we haven't shut the door on anything".
BoSox will not let him walk unless his demands are over the top.

June 7, 2013  04:54 PM ET

You will Love Beantown!!!

 
June 10, 2013  09:35 AM ET

He needs to start crushing some weight gainer.

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