Boston.comTe Wera Bishop, a 17-year-old softball player from New Zealand, has signed with the Red Sox according to media reports in that country. “We have been impressed by his abilities behind the plate, he has excellent hands and a strong throwing arm, and with instruction from our Boston Red Sox coaches, we are confident he can make the appropriate changes from softball to baseball,” Red Rox Pacific Rim scout Jon Deeble told the web site He has also showed us the ability to hit the ball out of the park.

I’ll be the first to admit that I was skeptical when I first heard this. I mean the sox signing a softball player? But then I read the article. Turns out this kid has shown the ability to hit the ball out of the park. Kind of changes things a little bit right? I mean that type or raw beer league softball power doesn’t grow on trees. You got to have some serious pop to do that. So I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to watching this kid mash during Spring Training.