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"The feel he has for offspeed pitches, particularly when you have that type of velocity or fastball you can go to, he's obviously showing us the ability to pitch without being predictable," said manager John Farrell. "A couple of 3-2 counts, right-handed, left-handed, he's not only willing but goes to [the changeup] with confidence and when you combine that with the power, it's really a rare combination. And just with two outings in spring training, he's not been afraid to go to any pitch in any count. It's been very encouraging the way he's thrown the baseball."
De La Rosa's explosive fastball inspires radar (gun) love and scoreboard watching to see how close to triple digits it can come. That pitch alone would make him a significant prospect.
But the fact that his secondary pitches are so good that he sometimes favors them as much as, if not more, than the fastball? That's a bit ridiculous, not to mention unfair to opposing hitters who are trying to gain their timing in spring training.
The 23-year-old right-hander, as Farrell noted, showed three swing-and-miss pitches on Friday, something that suggests not just a starter's arsenal but the potential to pitch in the upper half of a rotation (depending on command and pitch efficiency -- elements that could sabotage not just that ceiling but even could jeopardize a future in the rotation).
Personally I'm a fan, though I don't know how keen Ellsbury would be on playing LF (at least this time it wouldn't be for a 40 year old to play CF nor would it put him in harm's way from charging Beltres).
Alex Speier is the best of all possible beat writers. New article up on Rubby and Webster.
Regardless of where these guys start the season I'm feeling a hell of a lot Better about the future of the Boston Red Sox than I did about a week ago.
Who is bad mouthing the Punto Trade? The trades that make Cherington look like an idiot are the Melancon and Bailey trades. You could probably add giving away Youkilis for nothing as well.
JBJ is getting into a lot of games. They've started giving him some innings in the corners too. I still don't expect to see him come north, but I think there is a definite possibility that he will.
What if "75% as good as 2011" is the same as 2011 rate stats but misses a month and a half with an injury? Is that who they want to go past 3 years with?
The point that Dan was responding to had to do with whether Bradley's possible emergence as an MLB contributor would be a major factor in the decision, and I agree with Dan that it shouldn't be. I can dream on an Ellsbury-Bradley pairing in the outfield.
But I was inferring he thought if they need to go beyond 3 years to keep Ellsbury, they should. That's all I was contesting. If Ellsbury can't stay healthy this year, they shouldn't go beyond 3 years with him.
I don't disagree in general, but nitpick I must. You can't expect any ballplayer to go a full season without taking some small injury. One 15-day DL trip shouldn't disqualify Ellsbury, so long as it's nothing that's expected to linger.
How did he not get a DUI?
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