Red Sox rookie Allen Webster gets the start tonight against Josh Johnson at Fenway this evening. Webster is a 23-year-old right hander from North Carolina, who was drafted in the 18th round of the 2008 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was traded to Boston in the blockbuster deal last summer:
Traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers with players to be named later, Ivan De Jesus and James Loney to the Boston Red Sox for Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto and cash. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Rubby De La Rosa (October 4, 2012) and Jerry Sands (October 4, 2012) to the Boston Red Sox to complete the trade.
Yeah, that one.
Webster was a mid to high level prospect before being called up a couple times this year for spot starts. In three starts (in three different months) Webster has thrown 12 innings allowing 15 earned runs walking 6 and striking out 12. His best start was his first one which came all the way back on April 21st against Kansas City.
Webster throws the main five pitches (both four-seamer and sinker) mainly focusing on a mid 90's fastball mid 80's changeup combination with his slider as the main breaking pitch. His changeup has huge swing and miss potential (62.86% whiffs/swing in his three starts). As you can see his changeup resembles his sinker in terms of movement and his curveball looks to be similar to his slider with more horizontal run to it.
Here's a preview of what his mechanics and fastball look like from overthemonster.com
Should Lind Play: YES
Since some people were saying this feature was discontinued too early, I'm bringing it back in a more compact form. On days like today against righties, there won't be much of a write up because it's clear Adam Lind will play today. Webster has the traditional splits in the minor leagues so far this season being tougher on righties although Lind will have to be ready for Webster's changeup as he throws it a lot against left handers.
My hopeful lineup for today:
- Reyes SS
- Bautista RF
- Lind 1B
- Encarnacion DH
- Rasmus CF
- Davis LF
- Thole C
- DeRosa 3B
- Kawasaki 2B
This seven infielder business is not a good idea in my opinion. The bottom half of the lineup will always be a black hole of outs.
We Said What?
Solid rant 8/10.
For today's "Find the Link":
Find the link between Allen Webster and the pitcher whose team has gone 3-0 against the Blue Jays this year in his starts.
Hopefully the Blue Jays do their part to keep Webster's rough debut season continuing.