PHILADELPHIA -- Joe Savery has agreed to contract terms with the Phillies, a baseball source said Sunday. An official announcement is expected to be made following Savery's scheduled physical Tuesday. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday that Savery had signed for $1.37 million and is expected to report to Class A Williamsport by the end of the week.
Savery, a slugger at Rice who also started a number of games as a pitcher, will turn to pitching full-time once with the Phillies. The left-hander was 10-1 during his junior season with a 2.78 ERA. "I really believe that either by late next year or Opening Day of 2009 [I'll be in the big leagues]," Savery said after he was drafted 19th overall. "The bottom line is I've never focused on pitching. I relied on athleticism. I'm really excited about the opportunity to focus on pitching and being around professional instruction."
Stephen Fastenau is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.