Allen heads to Boston ahead of deal

Allen heads to Boston ahead of deal

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Fletcher's Logan Allen threw out the first pitch at Friday's Asheville Tourists game at McCormick Field.

Fletcher’s Logan Allen threw out the first pitch at Friday’s Asheville Tourists game at McCormick Field.

Logan Allen and the Boston Red Sox have taken care of all the negotiating.

Monday is simply a chance for the 18-year-old from Fletcher to enjoy all the sights and sounds of a place he hopes to one day call his work office – Fenway Park.

Allen was expected to take in a 6:05 p.m. interleague game between Boston and the Atlanta Braves.

His invitation came from the home team – the Red Sox selected Allen in the eighth round (231st overall pick) of last week’s MLB draft.

Allen said Monday that the two sides have finalized a contract which includes a $725,000 signing bonus and money to supplement the left-handed pitcher’s college education – Allen was originally committed to the University of South Carolina.

“(The Red Sox) are treating me like a king,” Allen said of the Fenway trip.

“Everything in terms of the contract has been written up and finalized. We’ll hopefully sign Wednesday or Thursday and I’ll be in a uniform starting next week in Fort Myers (Fla.).”

When Allen signs, he will be the sixth high school baseball player from Western North Carolina to go directly to the pros since 2000. In each of those cases, the player has agreed to a bonus larger than $500,000.

The last area high school player to reach the majors was 2005 Roberson graduate Cameron Maybin, who is an outfielder for the Braves.

“I know Cam well,” Allen said.

“I already shot him a text to let him know I was coming (Monday). Hopefully, we can catch up during batting practice or after the game.”

Allen did not turn 18 until May 23 and the 6-foot-3, 208-pound southpaw has four different pitches in his arsenal – his 95 mph fastball, a changeup, curveball and slider.

Allen was undefeated with a 9-0 record for the IMG Academy (Fla.) this spring with a a 0.87 earned-run average and 73 strikeouts in 48.1 innings pitched. Allen allowed only 16 hits and won the school’s Cy Young (most outstanding pitcher) award.

MLB draft picks have until July 17 to finalize their contracts. The dollar amount for all signing bonuses is made public by the teams.

Allen’s bonus is an unusual case. MLB assigns slot value to each pick in the draft and teams are only allowed to spend so much without risking a penalty. The slot value for the 231st selection was $175,1000, which means Boston will have to cut corners with other picks to make Allen’s contract work.

“(Playing pro baseball) is something I’ve dreamed about for a long time,” Allen said.

“It’s been crazy. I’ve signed a lot of autographs in the last week. I got to throw out the first pitch at an Asheville Tourists game (on Friday). I can’t wait to get back down to Florida and get to work.”

Allen will likely start his pro career for Boston’s rookie-league team in Florida. The Red Sox have a Single-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League (the Greenville, S.C., Drive) which means Allen could pitch in Asheville in the future.

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