January 23, 2012 at 6:55 PM
According to a press release on the team website, the Red Sox announced that they have extended the player development contract with the Greenville (S.C.) Drive through the 2016 season. The original contract was agreed to prior to the 2005 season and was extended twice, with the most recent extension being prior to the 2008 season. The contract would have expired at the end of 2012.
The Drive, who play in the Low-A South Atlantic League, have seen many great Red Sox prospects over the past seven years including Clay Buchholz, Daniel Bard, Ryan Kalish, and Ryan Lavarnway. The home stadium for the Drive, Fluor Field, was built in 2006 and has many similarities to Fenway Park, including a 30-foot Green Monster replica in left field.
The Drive have had a winning record each of the past four seasons and appeared in the South Atlantic League Championship Series in 2010. To see which players are projected to play in Greenville this season, check out the SoxProspects 2012 Projected Rosters.