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 June 7, 2003
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Epstein eyes college players in draft
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(Boston-AP) -- Don�t expect the Red Sox to get as excited about high school players in the draft as do N-B-A teams.

Theo Epstein takes part tomorrow (Tuesday) in his first draft as Boston�s general manager with a greater emphasis on college prospects than the team had in the past.

So while high school player Lebron James is expected to be the first pick in the N-B-A draft this month�and make an immediate contribution to his new team�baseball prospects take longer to develop.

The Red Sox are in a position to stock up on talent for their weak minor-league system with four picks among the top 54.

They have the 17th and 54th picks and added two others�the 32nd and 49th�as compensation when Cliff Floyd signed as a free agent with the New York Mets.

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