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Scouting report on Boston's new Aussie

BOSTON -- A few notes on Daniel McGrath, the 17-year-old Australian pitcher signed by the Red Sox, courtesy of Jon Deeble, Boston's Pacific Rim scout who signed him:

* McGrath is a 6-foot-3 left-hander who had 15 teams bidding on him, but was partial toward the Sox, a team that he and his family have followed as fans.

* His fastball tops out at 91 and averages 88. He throws a curve and changeup, both of which have a chance to be above-average pitches.

* He will finish high school this year, then go to the Australian baseball academy followed by a trip to the world championships in Korea in August. He has already been to two world championships at the under-17 level, in Taiwan and Mexico.

* He pitches in the Australian baseball league and is expected to pitch out of the bullpen in the playoffs this weekend. No 17-year-old has pitched in this league, which is populated by some players with pro experience, up to Triple-A.