Top pick Trey Ball gets big league treatment

Top pick Trey Ball gets big league treatment
June 19, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Trey Ball, the Red Sox's top pick in the draft, has the most upside of any Sox draft pick this year.

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BOSTON – Before the series finale against the Rays on Wednesday, Trey Ball sat in the Red Sox dugout at Fenway Park, surrounded by a media contingent, as his parents looked on.
It was his first time at Fenway. But not his last, he hopes.
Ball, a left-handed high school pitcher out of New Castle, Ind., was the Red Sox’ first pick, seventh overall, in the draft.  Ball will leave on Thursday for the Red Sox training complex in Fort Myers, Fla., and eventually pitch for the Gulf Coast League team.
“When we go through a checklist to invest a first round he checks all the boxes,” said general manager Ben Cherington. “He’s big, he’s athletic. We got to know him really well. He’s a good kid. Great work ethic. Highly competitive. Has three pitches. He’s a high school pitcher so it’s not going to be a quick path but  he’s got a chance to be really good one day.
“He’s pitched a high school season. He’ll go to Fort Myers and get him back to throwing and get back on mound. He’ll be in games before too long. Keep an eye on how much he works this year with an eye toward getting him on a good routine and getting him ready for his first full pro season which will be next year.”
He was on the field before the game, wearing uniform No. 24 with his pants pulled up high to show his newly acquired red socks. He talked with Clay Buchholz about the right-hander’s curveball.
Before that, though, he met some of the current big leaguers in the clubhouse.
“Yeah, and I think he got a taste of some of our guys in our clubhouse, too,” said manager John Farrell. " And to his credit he handled it great. You got an 18-year-old that walks in in a jacket and tie, who obviously comes form a good family, you could see that, and he did his family proud, given what he heard.”
What did he hear?
“Dustin Pedroia was like, ‘Hurry up, so I can retire,’” Ball said.
“He was givng me a hard time. [But] it was a good time.”
“I’m sure he’s starting to realize a dream come true,” Farrell said. “And his response to questions with a lot of peoel that one he doesn’t know all that well and he only may know by name, he handled himself well. This will be the beginning of what will hopefully be a long and successful journey for him.”