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07/13/2005 5:58 PM ET
Red Sox sign top draft choice Jacoby Ellsbury
Boston has now signed 15 of first 16 picks from 2005 First-Year Player Draft
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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox have signed outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, their first pick and the 23rd overall selection in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft out of Oregon State University. The 21-year-old tonight will report to the Short-Season Single-A Lowell Spinners. The Red Sox have now signed 15 of their first 16 picks from this year's draft. Senior Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein made the announcement.

The club has also signed infielder Jed Lowrie, a compensatory sandwich pick between the first and second rounds (45th overall selection) out of Stanford University. The 21-year-old started at second base for the Spinners in his professional debut Monday vs. Auburn (Blue Jays), going 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Ellsbury was a 2005 Baseball America first-team All-American, Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year and team Co-MVP. He hit .365 (236-for-646) with 60 stolen bases, 168 runs scored, 37 doubles, 16 homers and 101 RBI in 160 games over three seasons at Oregon State University. He also posted a .464 on-base percentage, .522 slugging percentage and .990 fielding percentage, committing only four errors in 387 total chances. He holds the Oregon State record for career runs scored and his 86 hits during the 2005 regular season are the most in a single season in Beavers history.

In 2005, the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder ranked second in the Pac-10 with a .415 batting average and .504 on-base percentage, third with 86 hits and 21 steals, sixth with a .604 slugging percentage, tied for seventh with 17 doubles and ninth with 125 total bases. He also tied for the Pac-10 lead with a 1.000 fielding percentage, not committing a single error in 117 chances. The left-handed hitter and thrower drew 32 walks while striking out just 16 times in 264 regular season plate appearances, helping to lead the Beavers to a school-record 41 regular season wins and their first championship in a unified Pac-10 and College World Series berth since 1952. The Beavers finished the season ranked 7th in the country with a 46-12 overall record, eventually falling to top-ranked Tulane in the first round of the College World Series.

Lowrie earned First-Team All-American and All-Pac-10 honors from Baseball America in both 2004 and 2005. The 6-foot, 180-pounder hit .338 with 47 doubles, 31 homers, 162 RBI and 143 runs scored in 179 games over three seasons for Stanford. The switch-hitter posted a .565 slugging percentage and .428 on-base percentage in that time. In 2005, he led the Cardinal with 14 homers, 66 RBI, a .594 slugging percentage and .416 on-base percentage, while batting .317 and starting all 59 of Stanford's games. As a sophomore in 2004, Lowrie captured Pac-10 Player of the Year honors after winning the conference Triple Crown with a .399 batting average, 17 home runs and 68 RBI. A three-time Baseball America Pre-season First-team All-American, the Salem, OR native was a 2004 national semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate player.

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