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Red Sox Minor League Notebook: Winter Warmup in Fort Myers Starts Monday

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The Boston Red Sox invited 28 players — a group headlined by top infield prospects Triston Casas and Nick Yorke — to their winter warmup in Fort Myers from January 24-28, while the traditional Red Sox Rookie Development Program will be in absence for the second consecutive spring.

Due to the MLB being in lockout, no 40-man roster players could be invited since teams cannot be in contact with players. Because of that, promising youngsters who would fit right into the group such as Jarren Duran, Brayan Bello, Jeter Downs, Bryan Mata, Josh Winckowski, and Jay Groome, didn’t receive an invite.

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One might also be quick to notice that the team’s 2021 fourth overall pick, Marcelo Mayer, isn’t on the list. The team chose not to invite him likely due to the fact that he’s never played above rookie ball, and that he’s just a 19-year-old. The Sox didn’t invite anyone who is on the 40-man or finished the season below Low-A Salem.

Some notable names with potential are in every position group invited. David Hamilton and Alex Binelas, the two prospects acquired in the Hunter Renfroe-Jackie Bradley Jr. deal are the newest names, while Casas, Yorke, Brainer Bonaci, and Blaze Jordan are the most known among the infielders.

Kole Cottam rounds out the catchers after a great year in High-A Greenville and Double-A Portland. Chris Murphy, Thad Ward, Brandon Walter, Yankee Rule 5 picks Brian Keller and Franklin German, as well as Zack Kelly, are the most notable arms invited.

Outfielders

Tyler Dearden

Nick Decker

Gilberto Jimenez

Infielders

Alex Binelas

Brainer Bonaci

Triston Casas

David Hamilton

Blaze Jordan

Christian Koss

Matthew Lugo

Ceddanne Rafaela

Nick Yorke

Catchers

Kole Cottam

Jaxx Groshans

Nathan Hickey

Stephen Scott

Pitchers

LHP Chris Murphy

RHP A.J. Politi

RHP Chase Shugart

LHP Brandon Walter

RHP Thad Ward

LHP Jeremy Wu-Yelland

LHP Brendan Cellucci

RHP Michael Feliz

RHP Franklin German

RHP Brian Keller

RHP Zack Kelly

LHP Austin Lambright

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