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Boston Red Sox 2003 Amateur Player Draft in Review

Sox Make Baylor's David Murphy Their 1st Rd Pick

In just his first season as General Manager of the Boston Red Sox, Theo Epstein has already made a unique and unmistakable mark on the club in both the major and minor leagues. His statistical approach to player evaluation and analysis has rubbed many conventional baseball thinkers the wrong way, but has, at the same time, invigorated many observers with a new confidence in the team. Epstein's opinions on the Amateur Draft are as strong and progressive as any he holds.

Along with Director of Player Development Benjamin Cherington, Epstein's draft philosophy this year was to draft as many experienced and talented players as possible in order to quickly restock a weak and barren minor league system left by previous regimes. The Sox' goals were to draft as many polished collegiate players as they could early in the draft and take few risks on supposedly "high...

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