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John Tomase -Premium Content

Outfielder David Murphy has experienced pretty much every emotion since being the first pick of Theo Epstein's first draft class in 2003. He knows what it's like to be compared with Fred Lynn. And he knows what it's like to be considered a bust, after a foot injury wrecked his 2004 season. But none of that matters now that Murphy knows another thing—what it's like to be a big leaguer.

Majors | #2006#Boston Red Sox#Organization Reports

Red Sox Organization Report

John Tomase -Premium Content

Few have followed a stranger path to the upper levels of the minor leagues than Devern Hansack. The 28-year-old Nicaraguan righthander hadn't pitched in the states in three years when Red Sox executive Craig Shipley spotted him at a tournament in Holland late last fall. Shipley liked Hansack's live arm and, since he would come cheaply as a minor league free agent, the Red Sox took a flier and signed him in December.

Majors | #2006#Boston Red Sox#Organization Reports

Red Sox Organization Report

John Tomase -Premium Content

FORT MYERS, Fla.—Jermaine Van Buren has experienced just about every emotion a baseball player can go through. He was a second-round pick with the Rockies in 1998, got released five years later, and then kept his career going by pitching in independent ball. The Cubs brought him back to Organized Baseball as a closer and his career took off again, and Chicago dealt their 2005 Triple-A pitcher of the year to the Red Sox in December.

Majors | #2006#Boston Red Sox#Organization Reports