Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Beeks added to short-season Red Sox roster
Arkansas starter Jalen Beeks delivers a pitch during the third inning against South Alabama Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas pitcher Jalen Beeks has agreed to terms with the Boston Red Sox.
Beeks was one of four players added Saturday to the active roster for the organization's short-season affiliate in Lowell, Mass. Beeks, a 12th round draft pick of the Red Sox, was introduced at the media day in Lowell earlier this month but had yet to sign.
The left-handed pitcher is the fourth Arkansas player to sign a professional contract this summer. Left-handed relief pitcher Michael Gunn, a 16th round pick of the Red Sox, is expected to join Beeks in Lowell prior to the July 18 signing deadline.