Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 10/17/14
After the Jon Lester trade two weeks ago I said Allen Webster was the most intriguing of all the Red Sox pitchers because he has the raw stuff of a fringe number two real life starting pitcher. However, I’m going to back off on that recommendation. I’ve seen the last three starts from Allen Webster and in 2015 he’s going to be pitching the seventh or eighth innings as a reliever for the Red Sox. Command has been his biggest hurdle to success in his brief Major League career. In 61 innings he has 34 walks. To be an effective starting pitcher, fastball command is essential. Last night Webster had trouble again throwing the fastball for strikes again. What’s worrisome is when he loses the strike zone he starts missing more and more with each subsequent pitch. It’s almost as if he loses focus and starts to dwell on the mistake from the previous pitch. Since Webster is so wild he can actually be tough to hit because the batter has no idea if the next pitch is going to be a strike or not,...
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