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Red Sox resuming rookie development program

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  January 7, 2013 12:09 AM

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The Red Sox scrapped their annual rookie development program last year, in large part because of all the turnover going on within the organization following the departures of Theo Epstein and Terry Francona.

But it returned this year and will take place this week in Boston.

The idea is to bring the organization's top prospects to town to get better acclimated to the city, the organization and Fenway Park. In addition to getting some workouts in, the players will take part in seminars and hear presentations from a variety of people. Previous speakers have included Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

This was something the Cleveland Indians started years ago and other teams have copied. The players involved are either major league ready or close to it. There are 11 players participating this year:

Pitchers: Drake Britton, Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, Stephen Wright.

Infielders: Xander Bogaerts, Brock Holt

Outfielders: Jackie Bradley Jr., Bryce Brentz, Alex Hassan

Catchers: Dan Butler, Christian Vazquez

What's interesting about this group in particular is that four of the players De La Rosa, Webster, Wright and Holt were acquired by trade within the last six months.

UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: Here's a list of the people who will be speaking to the players this week:

Red Sox COO Sam Kennedy
GM Ben Cherington
Manager John Farrell
Special assistant to the GM Jasn Varitek
Hitting coach Greg Colbrunn
Pitching coach Juan Nieves
Strength and conditioning consultant Mike Boyle
Mental skills coordinator Bob Tewksbury
Celtics coach Doc Rivers

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