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Red Sox sign first-round Draft pick Casas

Lefty-swinging third baseman was No. 26 overall selection
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Triston Casas, the big left-handed slugger the Red Sox selected with the 26th overall pick in the Draft earlier this month, can now get to work.

Boston on Thursday finalized a contract with Casas to a full-slot deal worth $2,552,800.

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Triston Casas, the big left-handed slugger the Red Sox selected with the 26th overall pick in the Draft earlier this month, can now get to work.

Boston on Thursday finalized a contract with Casas to a full-slot deal worth $2,552,800.

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The night that Casas was selected by the Red Sox, he expressed excitement for what kind of fit it will be.

"I'm glad the way the board fell and I feel like Boston's a great fit for me, and I couldn't be happier with the way turned out, to be honest," said Casas.

The South Florida native became intrigued by Boston when the Red Sox had him in for a pre-Draft visit.

"It was a great experience, going to Boston. It was my first time in Boston and in Massachusetts, so I really enjoyed my time there," said Casas. "I really loved the city and I love the build of it and I love the way that Fenway fit right in the middle of it, just like another building."

Known for his opposite-field stroke, the 6-foot-4, 238-pound Casas could one day be a beast playing his home games at Fenway Park.

"The one thing that has always stuck out in Triston's case is his opposite-field power," said Red Sox director of amateur scouting Mike Rikard. "He can hit the ball to left-center as far as many other right-handed hitters can when they pull the ball. That's always been a big thing in scouting him. He's got a very professional approach. Although he is a power hitter, he does have a nice plan at the plate and he was able to make adjustments and just as important, he can use he can use the whole field very well for a young hitter."

Casas played third base during his stellar career at American Heritage (Fla.) High School, and is expected to start his professional career as a third baseman. He could move to first at some point, or go back and forth between the corners to increase his versatility.

The Red Sox also reached agreements with seven additional Draft selections: right-handed pitcher Durbin Feltman (third round, $559,600), outfielder Devlin Granberg (sixth round, $40,000), second baseman Jarren Duran (seventh round), left-handed pitcher Brian Brown (ninth round, $2,500), second baseman Grant Williams (10th round), right-handed pitcher Andrew Politi (15th round), and second baseman Jonathan Ortega (19th round).

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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