With Spring Training less than a month away, the Red Sox 40 Man
Roster should be fairly set until the end of camp. I'll take this
opportunity to review the entire roster. Lets face it, there's not much
else going on.
Andrew Bailey's freak thumb injury late in Spring Training last year was an early omen of what was to come. His unavailability combined with the struggles of Mark Melancon destabilized the entire bullpen. Alfredo Aceves was uneven at best in the closer's role, and Bobby Valentine struggled to patch in front of him.
As Aceves hit the wall in August, Bailey was finally able to make his Red Sox debut and was horrible. Seeing him over an extended period for the first time, his raw stuff was not overly impressive. Bailey is basically a fastball/cutter guy, he'll show a curve ball on occasion to pick up a cheap strike early in the count.
Bailey's fastball velocity in 2012 was 94.3 MPH, actually up a tick over his career average of 94.0 and his 2011 average of 93....