Red Sox add local prep product

BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox have purchased the contract of catcher Dusty Brown from Triple-A Pawtucket of the International League.

Brown is a local product. He is a 2000 graduate of Bradshaw Mountain High School and played two seasons under Sky Smeltzer at Yavapai College. Brown was the Daily Courier's prep Player of the Year in 1999 and '00.

Wednesday's announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.

Brown split the 2007 season between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, batting .260 with nine homers and 46 RBI in 77 games. The righthanded batter is currently playing for Mesa in the Arizona Fall League and is hitting .276 in nine games for the Solar Sox. Brown has spent his entire seven-year pro career in the Boston organization.

To make room for Brown on the major league roster, infielder Royce Clayton was designated for assignment.