Just before tonight’s exhibition game against the Minnesota Twins at JetBlue Park at Fenway South (still love the name), the Boston Red Sox optioned two pitchers, whom many thought had a shot to make the big club- Ruby De La Rosa and Allen Webster, to Pawtucket.
De La Rosa, who was obtained in the mega deal last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, was not really a big surprise to be going to Pawtucket. He has been up and down with the Dodgers since 2011, but steady improvement has opened eyes in Red Sox camp this year. At times De La Rosa’s fastball is in the high 90s and really can blow by hitters, but his consistency is the main reason he will be showing his stuff in Rhode Island, and not Boston, at least until call ups are necessary.
Webster on the other hand, who was also acquired in the same trade, is more of a surprise to be heading down. He has had solid spring training relief outings, prompting many to believe he would get a start. At one point this spring he had struck out 14 batters in 11 innings of work for the Sox.
Webster has also impressed manager John Farrell at times this spring. Farrell had this to say about Webster:
” He’s showing the ability to throw a breaking ball to both sides of the plate, in addition to a live fastball, heavy sink. He’s done a great job.”
Numbers are what have done Webster in so far, but if his steady, consistent ability to get hitters out continues once 2013 officially begins, it will not be long before this “player to be named later” gets the call.