Red Sox offseason overview - with the Boston Globe's Gordon Edes
But Pedroia, 23, has proven himself at every level in his rapid rise through the Sox system since they made him their first pick (65th overall, second round) out of Arizona State in 2004. Youkilis became the first position player drafted by the Sox to win a starting job since Nomar Garciaparra and Scott Hatteberg in 1997; Pedroia figures to become the second.
Starting job?
But Pedroia, 23, has proven himself at every level in his rapid rise through the Sox system since they made him their first pick (65th overall, second round) out of Arizona State in 2004. Youkilis became the first position player drafted by the Sox to win a starting job since Nomar Garciaparra and Scott Hatteberg in 1997; Pedroia figures to become the second.
(Globe Staff Photo / Barry Chin)