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Red Sox sign top draft choice Dustin Pedroia
07/13/2004 3:55 PM ET
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox have signed shortstop Dustin Pedroia, their first pick and the 65th overall selection (second round) in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. Pedroia will report to Single-A Augusta. Senior Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein made the announcement.

Pedroia is one of five finalists for the 2004 Golden Spikes Award that today will be given to the top amateur player in the country. He is a three-time First-Team All-Pac-10 selection, the 2003 Pac-10 co-Player of the Year and the 2003 National Defensive Player of the Year. He hit .384 (298-for-777) with 212 runs scored, 71 doubles, 14 homers and 146 RBI in three seasons at Arizona State, and had a .466 on-base percentage, a .544 slugging percentage and a .972 fielding percentage, committing just 23 errors in 819 total chances. His .384 batting average is tied for seventh best in school history, while his 71 doubles rank third and his 298 hits fourth. Pedroia was recommended by Red Sox scout Dan Madsen.

The 20-year-old played in 185 collegiate games, not missing a single Sun Devil contest in his three seasons, and played for Team USA each of the last two summers. He was ranked as the best defensive infielder by Baseball America among all draft-eligible college players, and was also the second-ranked position player out of the state of Arizona by the same publication.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder entered 2004 as a first team pre-season All-American and a Golden Spikes Award finalist and hit .393 with a league-leading 78 runs and 24 doubles along with nine homers and 49 RBI, helping to lead Arizona State to a 41-18 mark and an appearance in the NCAA Regionals.

As a sophomore in 2003, Pedroia hit .404 (120-for-297) in 68 games for the Sun Devils and was selected as a First-Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, ESPN/Sports Weekly and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association, was named Second-Team All-American by Baseball America and was named the National Defensive Player of the Year. The Pac 10 co-Player of the Year, Pedroia led the NCAA with 34 doubles, setting the Pac 10 record, and was a member of Team USA for the second straight summer.

Pedroia joins the following 20 Red Sox draftees who have signed to date: lefthander Andrew Dobies (third round), lefthander Tommy Hottovy (fourth round), righthander Ryan Schroyer (fifth round), righthander Cla Meredith (sixth round), catcher Patrick Perry (seventh round), centerfielder Matt Van Der Bosch (ninth round), lefthander Ryan Phillips (11th round), centerfielder Matt Ciaramella (13th round), lefthander R.J. Swindle (14th round), shortstop Dustin Kelly (15th round), lefthander Randy Beam (18th round), first baseman Logan Sorensen (19th round), first baseman John Burgess (22nd round), righthander Matthew Goodson (23rd), righthander Mike James (28th round), righthander Andrew Ehrlich (30th round), lefthander John Wells (33rd round), third baseman Andrew Pinckney (34th round), righthander Cooper Eddy (36th round), and outfielder Tom Caple (46th round).

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