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Allen Webster has been one of the best surprises of Spring Training, and as John Tomase points out, the Red Sox will have a decision to make about how long they'll be able to keep him in Pawtucket. He's looking big-league ready for an organization that isn't exactly burgeoning with top-flight talent.
After another impressive performance scattering three hits over three innings without giving up an earned run, Webster found his ERA for the spring at 1.64 and receiving some pretty strong praise from his manager:
"He's pretty damn good."
Thanks for the analysis, John.
When Webster was included in the miraculous Carl Crawford exorcism (every day it looks better and better, doesn't it?), he was lower profile than Rubby de la Rosa. This spring continued that tradition when Pedro started tutoring de la Rosa on his already strong changeup, and writers and fans alike (including me) got all kinds of psyched dreaming about Rubby becoming the new Pedro.
SoxProspects continues to list de la Rosa ahead of Webster on the team's prospect list, rating them four and five respectively. But Webster's big spring has risen his profile and led us to consider that he, too, could be a fixture in the Sox rotation in the coming years if he can keep it up.
And it might be sooner than later.
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I remember the first time I saw the TV show "Webster." I came home from a day in third grade and turned on the television only to see this giant football player coddling a little black child. The child looked strangely small, and the man looked like he hit people, or grew mustaches, for a living. The wife, played by Susan Clark, scared me the most, because her haircut was...
It’s still early yet in the spring, and already the Red Sox are dealing with a couple major injury headaches.
While shortstop Stephen Drew is still suffering concussion symptoms, the even bigger worry for Boston is Big Papi. The Sox’ designated hitter basically missed the last two months of 2012 with an issue with his Achilles heel, and now it’s both heels that are said to...
Let’s all be honest for a moment and agree that Jackie
Bradley Jr. (JBJ) is playing out of his mind this spring. Due to his outstanding
performances on the field there’s a movement among many in Red Sox Nation to
have JBJ become a permanent member of the Red Sox 2013 roster. Since we’re all
being honest I’ll admit I’m one of those “people” that want JBJ with the Sox...
Alfredo Aceves returned to Spring Training from the World Baseball Classic on Monday and sounded more like a Bruins enforcer than a Red Sox reliever.
The right-hander admitted the tournament was “pretty cool,” despite the team’s shortcomings, according to MLB.com. But, as predicted, the media turned its focus on the dust-up between members of Aceves’ Mexican team and Team...
If you took a vote of every member of Red Sox Nation who do you think they would want to be the starting left fielder in Yankee Stadium on Opening Day?
Head right to Boston Dirt Dogs, and # KEEP JBJ: http://bostondirtdogs.boston.com/2013/03/keepjbj.html
The time is now to start the glorious career of Jackie Bradley Junior and the Boston Red Sox.
Every day the numbers go higher...
When Stephen Drew was diagnosed with a concussion after being hit in the head by a pitch last Thursday it was expected that Drew would be back around 1 week later. It is now Tuesday and he still has not been cleared to return to action. On Monday Drew said The symptoms are still a little there, So it's kind of (a matter of) holding off until they calm down. Then, so the tests...
Making sure David Ortiz is healthy is far more important than having him rush back for Opening Day. Looking at this roster his absence will be felt more than it would have been in recent years. For the first time since 2007 or 2008, Big Papi is being relief upon to carry the offense.
This also ties into the narrative that giving Ortiz a two-year deal is as Gary Tanguay said, "...
Boston Red Sox top prospect Bryce Brentz is locked and loaded and ready to begin his 2013 Spring Training. Brentz, who hit .290 with 17 HRs and 76 RBIs last year for Portland and Pawtucket, was invited as a non-roster player to Fenway South, but he was unable to fulfill Boston's request when he accidentally shot himself in the leg this past Winter. Brentz, who just turned 24...
This Red Sox Cadillac was spotted down at Spring Training last week. The above photo was uploaded to Instagram with the following caption:
Saw this sweet convertible parked at JetBlue Park, owned by a Red Sox spring training season ticket holder.
There is so much to love about that car. The ‘Yankees Suck” license plate. The flames ripping down the side. We’re picturing an...
It appears to be moving day down in Fort Meyers; the Red Sox made five cuts today from the big league roster, dropping the number to 52. This is standard operating procedure, as the minor league Spring Training games start tomorrow. The cuts indicate that the players are no longer in contention for a spot on the major league roster -- not that most of them had much of a chance anyways...
Top prospect Christian Yelich spoiled Jon Lester's five sharp innings, hitting a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth that lifted the Miami Marlins to an 8-7 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday.
Lester allowed a first-inning run and three hits. He struck out four and retired the last 11 batters he faced.
Jackie Bradley Jr. homered on the game's first pitch and...
Well you poor, poor souls are still several weeks away from the much-anticipated season premiere of Field of Streams. That does not mean, however, I cannot give you a quick look at some starting pitchers who are most likely not going to be drafted in many leagues, but could be viable streaming options for fantasy fanatics as the season progresses. These pitchers are not necessarily...