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Dodgers fast-tracking a 'speed camp' to develop designated runners

Dodgers fast-tracking a 'speed camp' to develop designated runners

Edwin Drexler was a center fielder when the Dodgers drafted him in June. He signed his contract, reported to their Arizona training facility and met his fellow draftees. On the first day of his professional career, he headed onto the field, where the players started their workout with a group stretching session. All of a sudden, Drexler looked up. Two of the Dodgers' executives wanted to talk to him, right away. Stretching could wait. Gabe Kapler, the Dodgers' director of player development, introduced himself. So did Kapler's assistant, Nick Francona. Kapler told Drexler to put away his bat and glove for the rest of the season. Drexler would run, and that was all. If he...

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