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Red Sox Rookie Camp

Nick Cafardo reports about his experience at the Red Sox Rookie Camp

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.

Some of the guys are top prospects (Hansen, Bucholz, Ellsbury, and Martinez) who hopefully will be here within the scheduled 18 months. It seems like many MLB teams love the power arms in the late stages of the game, and Hansen, Bucholz, and Martinez fit the description perfectly.

Hopefully one of these guys is ready a bit sooner than 18 months (like NOW) to assume the closer role since we do not have one. And no I do not consider Joel Pineiro a realistic option, but I can hope.

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