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.