The Red Sox 2015 Rookie Program starts today at Fenway Park. Ten of Boston's top prospects will take part in the week-long program, which focuses on easing their transition into becoming major league players with the Red Sox.
Four of the participants saw major league action with the Red Sox in 2014: outfielder/infielder Mookie Betts, outfielder Rusney Castillo, left-handed pitcher Edwin Escobar, and right-handed pitcher Heath Hembree. Left-handed pitchers Brian Johnson and Eduardo Rodriguez, infielder Sean Coyle, outfielder Henry Ramos, and catcher Blake Swihart were all members of the organization for all or part of 2014, while right-handed pitcher Zeke Spruill was acquired by the club in December.
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 on and off the field. They will also visit Jimmy Fund patients and will paint murals at the Curley K-8 School in Boston alongside members of the Red Sox Scholars program.
A number of individuals will speak to the group, including Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Sam Kennedy, Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington, manager John Farrell, hitting coach Chili Davis, pitching coach Juan Nieves, bullpen coach Dana LeVangie, members of the organization's mental skills and medical departments, and several major league players.