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Sox rookies

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  January 10, 2007 02:06 PM

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Just got back from the Sox rookie development program camp. Pretty impressive layout at the BC bubble. As Sox farm director Mike Hazen explained the camp is for players within 18 months of the big leagues. So you really got to see the best of the best.

There were guys there like center-fielder Dave Murphy, Craig Hansen, Dave Pauley and Kason Gabbard, who have major league experience. But you also caught a glimpse of top pitching prospect Clay Buchholz, catcher George Kottaras, who looks likes a young Gregg Zaun, center field prospect Jacoby Ellsbury and big, thick reliever Edgar Martinez to name a few.

Sox minor league field coordinator Rob Leary puts them through agility-like drills and some drills you'd see in spring training. And there's also a mental component of the program. Minor league psychologist Bob Tewksbury and the major league equivalent, Don Kalkstein, are able to work with the young players on the mental aspects of the game.

Murphy, who has been working in Houston in the offseason, looks noticeably bigger and more defined and has put on at least 10 pounds of muscle. The campers are there for 12 days.

Jason Varitek was scheduled to speak to them as was Terry Francona.

The players have also made visits to Dana Farber.

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