BOSTON --Some of the Red Sox' most well-known prospects -- pitchers Matt Barnes, Henry Owens and Anthony Ranaudo, catchers Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez, and infielders Garin Cecchini and Deven Marrero -- are participating in the 2014 Red Sox Rookie Program, which started today at Fenway Park. The week-long program focuses on easing their transition into becoming major league players with the Red Sox.
Other players attending the program are pitchers Noe Ramirez and Dalier Hinojosa, and infielder Travis Shaw. Of the 10 players, all but Ninojosa, a Cuban right-hander signed in October, were in the Red Sox organization last year.
The program includes two workouts daily that emphasize conditioning and strength training as well as concentration on fundamentals. In addition, the players are attending a number of seminars that will focus on the assimilation into major league life off the field. They will also visit Boston Children’s Hospital and will paint murals at the McKinley Middle School in Boston alongside members of the Red Sox Scholars program.
A number of individuals will speak to the group, including president/CEO Larry Lucchino, general manager Ben Cherington, manager John Farrell, hitting coach Greg Colbrunn, pitching coach Juan Nieves, bullpen coach Dana LeVangie, coordinator of sports medicineservice Dan Dyrek, head athletic trainer Rick Jameyson, and the Celtics' president of Basketball Operations, Danny Ainge.