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10 years later

Theo Epstein’s 1st Red Sox draft was hit and miss

He was a rawboned fireballer who’d been a reliever at Mississippi State, and it was unclear whether he could be a starter in the major leagues. So 30 teams selected 113 players ahead of him in the 2003 baseball amateur draft before the Red Sox took him in the fourth round, the 49th pitcher chosen.

Four years later, Jonathan Papelbon was a mile high in Denver, having saved the World Series finale. Delmon Young, the first player taken that year, now is Papelbon’s teammate with the Philadelphia Phillies, Young’s fourth club in seven years.

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