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January 8, 2007 at 1:09 PM

Red Sox Rookie Development Program kicks off

The third annual Red Sox Rookie Development Program began this afternoon at noon at Boston College. The development program is a 10-day camp that allows the organization's major and minor league coaches to instruct MLB-ready prospects on life in the big leagues. The players are tutored on the physical and mental aspects of playing in the big leagues, particularly in Boston. There are sessions on dealing with the media, money management, alcohol, drugs, umpire relations, and other obstacles players may face upon reaching the major leagues. Typically, mornings are spent working out and afternoons in classrooms. The program also gives the players a chance to get to know some of their fellow up-and-coming prospects who may have played at different levels during past seasons. The players are selected by Red Sox management based on projections of who may be promoted to Boston in the coming year. The twelve prospects participating in this year’s camp are Craig Hansen (above left), Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, George Kottaras, David Murphy, Brandon Moss, Chad Spann, Edgar Martinez, Kyle Jackson, Kason Gabbard, David Pauley, and Nick Debarr. Other Red Sox players who have attended the program in the past include Kevin Youkilis, Jonathan Papelbon, Manny Delcarmen, Dustin Pedroia, Jon Lester, and Abe Alvarez.