When his name was not called until the 30th Round of this past June's MLB Draft, LSU signee Nick Longhi seemed destined for three seasons of college baseball. Destiny took a wrong turn for Paul Mainieri and his Tigers though.
Multiple sites report Longhi signed a contract Wednesday with the Boston Red Sox for a considerable bonus, a $440,000 figure according to Baseball America's Jim Callis.
Projected as a pick in round 2-3, the left-handed two-way talent out of Venice High School (Fla.) slipped due to signability concerns. Yet, Boston was able to throw guaranteed money closer to where Longhi should have been taken to sway him toward pro ball.
Longhi (6-2, 205) throws 90 as a left-handed pitcher and possess plus power as a left-hander at the plate.
Longhi was coached by former LSU players Craig Faulkner and Mark Guthrie in high school.
LSU ended up losing three signees to the draft (Terrebonne High slugger Justin Williams, 6-foot-8 JUCO flamethrower David Palladino and Longhi) but still have a surplus of top talent headed to Baton Rouge for the fall. It will make for tough final roster decisions when Mainieri pares down to the NCAA-allowed 35 player limit for the 2014 season.
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