Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 205 lbs
Born: March 28, 1988 Shrewsbury, NJ
High School: Red Bank Catholic HS (NJ)
Drafted: 9th round, 2006
Acquired: First Year Player Draft
Signed by: Ray Fagnant
Kalish signed for second-round money well into the summer of 2006. Although he had come to terms with the Red Sox quickly, the over-slot bonus he was to receive needed to be discussed with the Commissioner's office of Major League Baseball.
He was a three-sport athlete at Red Bank Catholic, excelling in basketball, football, and, of course, baseball. He was recruited by Division I schools to play quarterback, and played in high-profile baseball tournaments as both a pitcher and outfielder. A shoulder injury prevented him from pitching his senior year, and presumably hurt his draft stock. Despite the injury, Kalish had a fine year at the plate while playing mostly designated hitter. According to Jason McLeod and Kalish himself, he did not swing and miss at a pitch all season.
Kalish committed to the University of Virginia and was considered their number one recruit by head coach Mark Connor because of his versatility. Connor planned on using Kalish to play outfield and first base, as well as pitch. But Kalish had a great workout before the 2006 draft, and his asking price matched what Boston valued him at. He learned he was drafted by the Red Sox moments before crossing the stage at his high school graduation, and immediately swapped his graduation hat for a Red Sox cap.
Because negotiations with the Commissioner's office delayed the start of his first pro season, Kalish was only able to manage 20 at-bats with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, but was a strong contibutor during the team's playoff run, and managed to get meaningful playing time in the championship series, which the
Sox won. He was promoted to Lowell after the GCL season ended, and made his debut with the Spinners at the Futures at Fenway doubleheader in Boston. Kalish garned another 35 at-bats in Lowell, and is reported to be heading back there next season.
Team: Red Bank Catholic HS
Team: Gulf Coast Red Sox
Team: Lowell Spinners
- 2006 report on UVA's recruiting class. Coach Mark Connor considered Kalish his #1 recruit.
- "Cavs Lose Kalish to Red Sox," Charlottesville Daily Progress
- Signing reported by the Asbury Park Press
- Interview on RedSoxNation.Net
Edited by diehard24, 20 February 2007 - 01:31 PM.