Lowell, who is an MLB Network analyst, is also working with Miami Marlins infielders.
“Pedroia mentioned to Will that we have good reputation of turning double plays,” Lowell said. “Maybe something I say may trigger doing something better on his part. He’s very impressive. He has the makings of being an outstanding player.”
Lowell is impressed with Middlebrooks’s strength and power, saying, “the ball sounds different coming off his bat.”
Lowell said he would love to manage some day, but he says the time isn’t right.
“I don’t mind putting in the time when I’m ready for it,” he said. “I still know where my kids are in my life. I’m just not ready. I drove up from the kids’ baseball game at 8 o’clock last night and I was much more excited about being on a major league field than making sure the right fielder was looking at home plate or throwing rocks.”
Lowell said having ex-players with recent major league experience at camp is wise.
“I don’t think there’s a catcher on the planet who wouldn’t learn something from Tek,” he said. “A Varitek sticks in their mind a little more. It’s like my kid doesn’t listen to me but he listens to his coach.”
Middlebrooks said it was exciting to work with Lowell.
“Any time you can work with someone who has won World Series and won Gold Gloves, I’m all for it,” Middlebrooks said. “It’s great to have that at your disposal.”
“I worked on my angles,” Middlebrooks added. “Playing third base is all about 45-degree angles. Working on in-between hops. Sometimes I get flat out there.”