Friday June 07, 2013 | 06:47 AM

With their first two draft picks, the Boston Red Sox went for pitching. Boston chose high school left-hander Trey Ball in the first round and junior college right-hander Teddy Stankiewicz in the second.

My favorite part about Ball's bio on the Baseball America website was that Ball's father "restricted his use of a curveball before his junior season (of high school) ... he learned to rely on a change-up, which he throws with deceptive arm speed and nice fade."

How many kids start throwing a curveball too early? They not only risk messing up their arm, they rely too heavily on the pitch and don't develop as a pitcher (i.e. learn how to use a change-up).

Stankiewicz was drafted in the second round last year by the Mets, but did not like New York's offer.

In the minors, both Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks went deep during their rehab appearances with Pawtucket. It was the second straight homer for Middlebrooks.

Pitcher Allen Webster was ejected for the second time this season after hitting three batters. He also walked one and gave up four hits, including a Steve Tolleson grand slam (Webster hit Tolleson his next time up, prompting Webster's ejection) ... Webster gave up five runs in 3 1/3 innings, jumping his ERA from 2.57 to 3.38.

The Sea Dogs were rained out in Erie. Since that was their last scheduled game in Erie, the SeaWolves game in Portland next Tuesday is now a doubleheader.

Salem prospects Garin Cecchini (.346) and Blake Swihart (.289) both doubled on Thursday night.

 

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