Judge product signs with Nationals

Posted: July 06, 2007

Play-for-pay now begins for Shane Erb.

The 6-6, 195-pound righthander, who threw only one inning very early in his senior baseball season (2005) for Father Judge High before yielding to elbow problems, signed yesterday with the Washington Nationals. He'd been a 38th-round pick in the recent first-year player draft.

Among the joyous is Erb's agent, fellow Judge alumnus Brian McCafferty.

"Shane's my first kid out of Judge to get signed," he gushed. "It's a great thing."

Erb pitched this spring for Hillsborough Community College in Florida; he'd declined to sign with the Phillies in '05 after being a 49th-round selection.

"Shane got a good deal from the Nationals, considering where he got drafted," McCafferty said. "He had a personal workout [in Florida] and the scouting director was there to see him. It's very rare for a scouting director to come out to see anyone drafted below the first five rounds.

"They like Shane. They see his potential. He throws 88 to 91, and that's with never really having worked out. They see him getting to 93 to 94. Plus, he has a wicked knuckle-curve."

McCafferty said Erb will follow a throwing program for 2 weeks, then join Washington's team in the Gulf Coast Rookie League. *

- Ted Silary

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