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Highly touted pitcher signs with Red Sox

Frankie Rodriguez, Boston's first pick in the 1990 amateur draft, signed a one-year contract on Sunday, a day before the Red Sox would have lost his rights. Rodriguez, an 18-year-old shortstop and pitcher, got a signing bonus said to be worth $250,000. He was the first pick overall on the second round of last year's draft.

Rodriguez has been playing for Howard Junior College in Texas. On Saturday, Howard won the National Junior College World Series at Grand Junction, Colo., with a 7-2 victory over Manatee Junior College of Florida.

Rodriguez struck out 17 in the championship game and was picked as the MVP of the series.

Red Sox officials traveled to Rodriguez' home in New York during the weekend to finalize the contract.