Patapsco's Vecchioni signs with Braves


Patapsco shortstop Jerry Vecchioni signed with the Atlanta Braves last night, one day after he was selected in the seventh round of the major-league amateur draft.

Vecchioni, who signed after 3 1/2 hours of negotiations at the school with Braves scout Dayton Moore and Paul Snyder, the organization's national cross checker, called the contract "a very nice offer." It included an education at his choice of Maryland colleges. He leaves for West Palm Beach, Fla., on June 11.

"They liked my strong arm, my strong fielding and my instincts," said Vecchioni, 6 feet, 172 pounds, who added that his contract was between $60,000 and $100,000. "This is great, something that hasn't hit me yet and probably won't until tomorrow, but it's the culmination of a lifetime dream."

Vecchioni is turning down a scholarship offer from LamaUniversity in Beaumont, Texas. He had signed with that school in November.

Vecchioni was named the No. 1 shortstop on the East Coast and No. 17 among all middle infielders in the country by Team One, an Ohio-based organization that ranks high school baseball players nationally.

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