Clemson University

Clemson's Younginer signs with Red Sox

The draft has officially robbed Clemson’s baseball program of another prized arm.

As expected, signee Madison Younginer will sign with the Boston Red Sox this afternoon, his father, John, said Friday.

Younginer, a right-handed pitcher from Mauldin, was viewed as a cornerstone of the Tigers’ recruiting class.

And Clemson’s chances of landing the seventh-round appeared favorable until Monday, when Boston presented its first offer since the June draft.The Red Sox met Younginer’s price tag, giving him a $975,000 signing bonus as well as the promise of paying his college tuition, pushing the package above a $1 million value.

He flew to Boston on Wednesday, and the deal was finalized when results from his physical returned late Friday morning.

Younginer is the second non-junior Clemson has lost to a pro team willing to pay a prospect exceedingly more than the standard value for his draft position. Freshman pitcher Chris Dwyer netted $1.45 million from the Kansas City Royals, the richest deal ever for a fourth-rounder and six times a fourth-rounder’s slot value.

“Clemson’s coaches couldn’t have been happier for Madison, and it just showed the type of character they have there,” John Younginer said.

Younginer is slated to report Monday to Boston’s rookie league affiliate in Fort Myers, Fla., where he will begin his career as a starting pitcher.

Clemson now awaits word on the future of redshirt sophomore pitcher Graham Stoneburner, a 14th-round pick of the New York Yankees. Teams have until late Monday night to sign draftees. -- Paul Strelow