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Ben Crockett

Name: Ben Crockett
Born: in ,
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Drafted in the 3rd round (81st overall) by the Colorado Rockies in 2002 (signed for $345,000)
The Red Sox drafted Crockett in the 10th round last year, but he declined to sign with the hometown team. What the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Crockett asked for and what the Red Sox offered were miles apart, so he returned to the Cape Cod League, where he posted a 1.67 ERA for league champion Wareham, then to Harvard for his senior year. Crockett has always enjoyed greater success in summer ball because of the warmer weather and wood bats. He had a tendency at Harvard to pitch tentatively against aluminum. Crockett's stuff was basically the same as in 2001, though his performance was better. He went 6-3, 2.64, was the Ivy League's co-pitcher of the year and set school records for strikeouts in a game (17), season (108) and career (254). Crockett's velocity topped at 92-93 mph, but he still didn't get enough deception or movement on his pitches. His changeup is a strikeout pitch, but his breaking pitch is more for show. He has a great aptitude for pitching and is an innings-eater, but he also gives up more than his share of hits despite all the strikeouts. While some teams still view Crockett as a 10th-rounder, most see him as a third- to sixth-rounder and a candidate for going earlier because he's a college senior. The Athletics, with extra picks and connections to Harvard, are prime candidates to spring him as a sandwich pick.
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