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July 3, 2013

Stankiewicz thrilled to pitch for Lowell

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After turning down the Mets, Stankiewicz also elected not to attend Arkansas. He instead chose to go to Seminole State Junior College in Oklahoma so he could then enter the 2013 Draft. Players who attend four-year colleges can only be drafted after three years.

“Seminole State was great to me,” he said. “I felt like I could get better in one year there than spending three years at Arkansas. It was great. We did a lot of running — lot LOT — so it got me in great shape and the coaches helped me a lot.”

Stankiewicz finished the season 4-5, but with a 2.52 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings. He was projected to go as high as No. 26 overall to the New York Yankees.

For the second straight season, Stankiewicz ended up hearing his name called in the second round, this time by the Red Sox with pick No. 45 overall.

“I was thinking first or second round,” he said. “But it can be so unpredictable. No. 45 was great. Everyone in my house was screaming and shouting and crying. It was a great feeling to be drafted again, and by the Red Sox this time.”

Negotiations were much smoother this time around for Stankiewicz. Just days after, he and the Sox agreed on a deal that included a $1.1 million signing bonus. The deal became official late last week, and he was assigned to Lowell. He is expected to make his first start in two weeks.

But not before he had the opportunity to tour the ballpark he hopes to one day call his home.

“The negotiations went great,” he said. “They knew what I was asking for and that’s really all I can ask of the team. The Red Sox are one of the iconic organizations, and they were great to me. I took a chance, and now here I am.

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