Originally created 05/27/01

Jackets profile: Rick Asadoorian, 14



Position: Center fielder

Born: July 23, 1980

Hometown: Whitinsville, Mass.

Size: 6-2185

BatsThrows: R/R

Favorite food: Italian, Armenian

Musical preference: All different kinds

Hobbies Fishing, golf, playing the guitar

Profile: Asadoorian became the first New England high school player to be drafted in the first round since 1986 when the Red Sox selected him as the 17th overall pick in the 1999 draft. The pick was from Anaheim as compensation to the Red Sox for the loss of Mo Vaughn to free agency. He was a three-sport star in high school, recruited by several schools to play both football and baseball in college, and committed to the University of Florida to play baseball before signing with Boston. This is his second year in the Red Sox organization. In his pro debut last summer, Asadoorian batted .264 with five home runs and 31 RBI in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. He was the co-recipient of the Tony Latham Memorial Award last fall, which is given to the Red Sox minor-league player who shows the most enthusiasm during the Florida Instructional League season.

Talk about draft day 1999 and what it was like being a No. 1 pick: "I was on a senior class trip in Connecticut the day of the draft, and I brought a pager and cell phone with me to keep in touch with what was going on. Early that afternoon, my pager went off and it read 'Red Sox, No. 17.' It was unbelievable. I wasn't expecting to go that high. It was a great day."

You come from a tight-knit, athletic family. Talk about your relationship with your parents and siblings: My parents, Steve and Virginia, have been very supportive of everything me and my brothers and sister have done. I had to travel all over the country playing baseball, and they always were willing to do whatever it took. We're all really close. I have two older brothers, Greg and Steve, and they're both musicians. I used to play the drums and a little guitar and we would jam out together all the time. Steve played college ball at UMass-Amherst, and we got to play one year of high school together when he was a senior and I was a freshman. My sister, Sara, is also a good athlete. She plays softball for the University of Maine. My parents were also good athletes, as well, so sports has always been a big part of our family."

What's it like being a millionaire at 20? "It hasn't changed anything, really. I was able to get a few things that most guys my age don't have. I got my sister a car and bought myself a truck and a condo in Fort Myers for my family and to use during spring training. I tried to buy a car for my parents, but they wouldn't let me. They said when I get to the big leagues, I can buy them something. The money is something that's there, but I don't really touch it. I've got a financial advisor who handles investments for me, so that's nice knowing you have a little financial security for the future."

Do you have a timetable to make it to the big leagues?: "Not really. I'm going year-by-year right now. My goal is to make improvement every year. At the end of this year, I should have a pretty good idea where I want to be next year. Could I make it to the big leagues in two or three years? That's a possibility. But it could take five or six years. I don't know. We'll see how things pan out."

-Compiled by Rob Mueller