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The idea of a rotation in two years that looks like; Lester-Buchholz-Webster-Barnes-Doubront is certainly intriguing
Going into this season, James Loney was projected to a be a pretty average player. I wonder if leaving the cavernous confines of LA might free him up a bit.
Someone smarter than me can answer this, but I recall there being significant questions about Sands' defensive ability to hold down a starting OF job.
One potentially interesting benefit of this deal is the Sox could move prospects for MLB players (prepare for Justin Upton rumors aplenty) this winter without depleting the system.
he looks extremely comfortable, relaxed, athletic...you name it
"They're also looking at a pretty interesting group of position-player prospects racing up the system, led by Xander Bogaerts, who has improved his defense at shortstop this year and may defy earlier expectations and stay at the position."
I think it's worth noting that even the ever-cynical Keith Law noted the other day that Xander Bogaerts has improved his defense enough to make staying at SS a possibility. No one should be writing him in as the starting SS for 2014 yet, but at the beginning of the year no one was talking about him as a ML SS.
In my first chance to scout Webster, I came away very impressed with his overall stuff. His secondary offerings were some of the better ones I have seen within the system all season. Advanced and rounding towards major-league caliber, he showed ease and confidence when throwing them. Despite struggling with his fastball, these offerings still were effective and capable of missing bats. Both can be plus pitches at his disposal on any given night. Webster also stayed aggressive, kept his composure when laboring, and did not give into opposing batters. He mixed his secondary stuff into sequences consistently, while throwing them at any point in the count. The fastball is a contact- inducing pitch, best utilized to pound the strike zone early in sequences so he can then go to the slider and change to finish batters off.
I saw the stuff and overall pitching package of a potential solid third starter at the major league level, but there is some work to do. For Webster to get there he will be tasked with refining his fastball command and duplicating the consistency of his delivery that he showed when throwing his secondary offerings. I feel that the room is there for him to grow. With strides made honing the command during the 2013 season, he can push for a slot in a big league rotation in 2014 and develop into a pitcher capable of putting together effective seasons as a starter at the major league level.
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