Red Sox make three picks in Rule V

<b>ANAHEIM, Calif. –</b> The Boston Red Sox may have found a fourth outfielder to replace Gabe Kapler, selecting Adam Stern from the Atlanta Braves system in the Rule V Draft Monday.

Adam Stern, a speedster who is considered a solid outfield talent, hit .322 last season for the Greenville (AA) Braves after missing most of the 2003 season due to injury. In 102 games for Greenville, Stern hit eight homers and drove in 22 runs, and would have been headed to Triple-A Richmond in 2005.

In later rounds, the Red Sox selected shortstop Antonio Granadillo from the Tennessee Smokies in the St. Louis Cardinals system. The switch-hitting Granadillo played at three levels in the Cardinals farm system last year, playing most of his games at third base. He hit .315 in 50 games with Johnson City, but struggled defensively, committing 13 errors there.

Boston also picked righthander Steve Langone from Vero Beach in the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system. Langone had risen to pitch as high as Double-A Jacksonville, but missed all of the 2004 season due to recovery from Tommy John surgery.

The Red Sox lost one player, righthanded starter Milton Tavarez. He was selected from Sarasota in the Double-A phase by the Toronto Blue Jays.

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