The only new face in the Boston Red Sox pitching rotation is, newly acquired right hander Ryan Dempster. Signing a two-year deal worth $26.5 million in December of 2012. The 35-year-old has pitched for the Florida Marlins, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs and more recently the Texas Rangers.
Dempster was drafted by the Rangers during the third round of the 1995 June Amateur Draft. Just over a year later, Dempster was sent to the Marlins where he would eventually make his MLB debut two years later.
Dempster has spent most of his 15-year career with the Cubs. While with the Cubs in 2012, he went 5-5 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.038 WHIP. After his trade to the Rangers, at the deadline, Dempster went 7-3 with a 5.09 ERA and a 1.435 WHIP.
Spring Training for the Red Sox is a couple weeks in and the first games are just now being played. Red Sox new acquisition, Mike Napoli, is said to get his first game action on Friday, March 1. However, before that, Dempster will make his Red Sox spring training debut in Tuesday’s matchup against St. Louis Cardinals.
This will be the Red Sox’ first chance to see Dempster in a Red Sox uniform during game action. The right hander prides himself in pitching 200 innings in a season, which he has done seven times. A durable starting pitcher is exactly what the Red Sox needed and hope they see nothing but good stuff from him in his debut. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35PM ET on Tuesday.
The Red Sox are 2-2 in spring training play so far this year and have seen outstanding games from Jackie Bradley Jr. and Dustin Pedroia. However John Lackey, Andrew Bailey and Joel Hanrahan, among others, have not looked that sharp in the first few games. Let’s hope John Farrell and Juan Nieves can get this pitching staff in line.
It is projected that Dempster will sit fifth in the Red Sox starting rotation come opening day!
Justin Soderberg is a Boston Red Sox writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google. To read more articles from Justin Soderberg, click here.