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Phillies sign No. 1 selection
07/19/2007 11:35 AM ET
Left-handed pitcher Joe Savery, the Phillies' first-round selection in this year's First-Year Player Draft, signed his contract last night in Houston among his family, friends and Phillies area scout Steve Cohen.

The contract includes a bonus of $1,372,500 plus a college scholarship.

The 21-year-old will join the Williamsport Crosscutters (New York-Penn League) in Lowell, Mass., tomorrow.

Savery, a junior, was the 19th overall selection in the first round out of Rice University, which went to the College World Series. The Owls finished third in the nation.

As a pitcher at Rice, the 6-foot-3 Savery finished 11-1 with a 2.99 ERA. In 18 starts, he allowed 82 hits and 41 walks in 93.1 innings. He struck out 61.

He was one of the premier two-position players in the country. Playing first base and designated hitter, he led the Owls with a .356 average, 98 hits, 139 total bases and 60 RBI. He had 19 doubles, two triples and six homers.

As a sophomore, he hit .335 and was 5-1, 2.76 ERA on the mound. During his freshman year, he hit .382 and was 8-5, 2.43 ERA.

A consensus All-American, Savery was also named the Conference USA Male Athlete of the Year. He was the conference's Player of the Year and among four finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy given to college baseball's top player.

Of the first 19 players selected, the Phillies have signed 17. Fifteen of the first 19 selections were college players.

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