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Red Sox sign first-round Draft pick Tanner Houck

The Boston Red Sox today signed 2017 June Draft first-round selection Tanner Houck, a 20-year-old right-handed pitcher out of the University of Missouri. 
 
Vice President of Amateur Scouting Mike Rikard made the announcement.
 
Houck, who was the 24th overall selection in the June Draft, will report to short-season Single-A Lowell.
 
A native of Collinsville, IL, Houck was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 25 prospect available in this year's draft. As a junior in 2017, he went 4-7 with a 3.33 ERA (35 ER/94.2 IP), 95 strikeouts, and a .220 opponent batting average over 14 starts for the Tigers. The 6-foot-5, 218-pound right-hander was selected by the Blue Jays in the 12th round of the 2014 June Draft but did not sign. He went on to win 17 games and post a 3.26 ERA (109 ER/300.2 IP) with 292 strikeouts in 44 appearances-all starts-in three seasons with Missouri. Houck set the Tigers' program record for career innings pitched by a three-year player and recorded the 4th-most strikeouts in school history, trailing only the Minnesota Twins' Kyle Gibson (304) for the program's most strikeouts by a three-year player.
 
In all, five of the 40 players selected by Boston in the 2017 June Draft have been signed to contracts, including four of the club's top 10 picks.

The Boston Red Sox today signed 2017 June Draft first-round selection Tanner Houck, a 20-year-old right-handed pitcher out of the University of Missouri. 
 
Vice President of Amateur Scouting Mike Rikard made the announcement.
 
Houck, who was the 24th overall selection in the June Draft, will report to short-season Single-A Lowell.
 
A native of Collinsville, IL, Houck was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 25 prospect available in this year's draft. As a junior in 2017, he went 4-7 with a 3.33 ERA (35 ER/94.2 IP), 95 strikeouts, and a .220 opponent batting average over 14 starts for the Tigers. The 6-foot-5, 218-pound right-hander was selected by the Blue Jays in the 12th round of the 2014 June Draft but did not sign. He went on to win 17 games and post a 3.26 ERA (109 ER/300.2 IP) with 292 strikeouts in 44 appearances-all starts-in three seasons with Missouri. Houck set the Tigers' program record for career innings pitched by a three-year player and recorded the 4th-most strikeouts in school history, trailing only the Minnesota Twins' Kyle Gibson (304) for the program's most strikeouts by a three-year player.
 
In all, five of the 40 players selected by Boston in the 2017 June Draft have been signed to contracts, including four of the club's top 10 picks.

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