Red Sox sign 12 draft picks

June, 17, 2011
The Red Sox have signed 12 players selected in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, including left-handed pitcher Miguel Pena, the club’s sixth-round pick, and first baseman Travis Shaw, taken in the ninth round.

Pena was taken out of San Jacinto Junior College in Texas and Shaw was selected out of Kent State University. His father, Jeff, pitched parts of 12 seasons in the Majors from 1990 to 2001.

Also among those who signed is third baseman Matt Gedman, a 45th-round pick out of the UMass-Amherst whose father, Rich, was a Red Sox catcher for 11 years and is currently the hitting coach with Boston’s Short-A Lowell affiliate. Matt Gedman led the A-10 with a .402 average (76-for-189) in 45 games for the Minutemen this season and posted the second-highest hits total in school history for a single season.

The Red Sox signed two other players with New England ties, right-handed pitcher Brenden Shepard (28th round) out of Stonehill College in Easton, Mass., and right-hander Corey Vogt (39th round) out of New Hampshire’s Keene State College.

Additional signings include left-handed pitcher Kevin Brahney (11th round), right-hander Mike McCarthy (14th round), right-hander Andrew Jones (18th round), outfielder Drew Turocy (24th round), first baseman David Chester (33rd round), catcher Carlos Coste (35th round) and right-handed pitcher Jadd Schmeltzer (49th round).

Information from the Red Sox media relations office was used in this report.



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