Sox Scratch Pad: Ball Signs, Bailey Still Closer

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Two weeks after they drafted Trey Ball with the No. 7 pick in the in the 2013 MLB Draft, the Indiana pitcher visited Fenway Park after signing with the Red Sox. Andrew Bailey will remain the closer, and David Ross departs the team to address his concussion symptoms.

Ball Visits Fenway After Signing Contract

Two weeks after the Red Sox selected him with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, Trey Ball visited Fenway park after signing his amateur draft contract.

The draftee left a good impression on his general manager and possible future manager.

He got a taste of some of our guys in our clubhouse, and to his credit, he handled it great. You’ve got an 18-year-old that walks in in a jacket and a tie who obviously comes from a good family. You could see that. And he did his family proud given what he heard.

– John Farrell via Boston Herald

When you go through the checklist of things you need to see in a high-school pitcher to invest a first-round pick in, he just checks all the boxes. He’s big, He’s athletic. Great work ethic, highly competitive. He’s got the makings of three pitches. We think he has a chance to be really good one day

– Ben Cherrington via Boston Herald

The Indiana pitcher and outfielder collected a $2.75 million signing bonus, which is below the $3.2 million suggested slot bonus.

Ball had committed to the University of Texas before the draft, but decided to supersede his agreement with the Longhorns in order to begin his pro career. He will be assigned to Gulf Coast League Red Sox, the Rookie-level affiliate, to begin his professional career.

Despite Struggles, Bailey Still Closer

Even though he’s given up five earned runs in his last for appearances, even though he’s walked four and only struck out three in his last four innings, and even though he’s given up more home runs over the last ten days than he has the rest of the season, Andrew Bailey will remain the Red Sox closer.

John Farrell addressed Bailey’s struggles on Wednesday.

In this case, it’s as much pitch selection and game planning. He might not have the same second gear to his fastball up in the zone, where he might have to use his secondary pitches a little bit earlier in the sequence. But more importantly to execute a secondary pitch for a strike. Over the last four outings, it’s been pretty clear that any time he throws a breaking ball, guys are sitting on it until he has thrown it for a strike.

–John Farrell via Boston Globe

Junichi Tazawa will still be second in line if Farrell decides to make a change, and the dried up closing market provides no real outside answer. For now, it’s Bailey or blown save.

Ross To Visit Concussion Specialist

According to several sources, David Ross will leave the team to visit Dr. Mickey Collins, a concussion specialist at the University of Pittsburgh. Ross was placed on the 7-Day Disabled List on Wednesday for the second time in a month.

Ryan Lavarnway, who was the corresponding move to Ross’s DL placement, will man the back-up catcher spot in the meantime. With Jarrod Saltalamacchia playing 27 innings in the past two days, don’t be surprised if the 25-year-old backstop will get a chance to show his stuff.

(Photo Courtesy of Gail Oskin/Getty Images)

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