There have been many Boston Red Sox prospects making headlines this Spring Training. Jackie Bradley Jr. and Allen Webster are two in particular. Another player that is making a good impression is pitcher Brandon Workman.
Workman, who played ball at the University of Texas, was drafted by the Red Sox in 2010. Scouts saw that Workman had a curveball, changeup, and a low 90s fastball. At Texas he had a record of 20-9 and a 3.78 ERA.
Workman has been playing at the Double-A level and he is 16-15 overall with a 3.60 ERA. He averages around eight strikeouts per nine innings and doesn’t walk batters that often. Last year Workman was named Boston’s minor league pitcher of the year.
With his control of his fastball and crafting his curveball, the Boston pitching staff has been happy with Workman’s progress. His cut fastball is making him a strong prospect that would lead Boston to integrate Brandon into the pitching rotation in the future.
Workman spoke with WEEI’s Alex Speier about his cut fastball saying, “I didn’t throw it probably the first three-quarters of the season . At that point, I didn’t have the best command of my curveball and my changeup was borderline non-existent. [The Red Sox] didn’t want me to be able to use the cutter as a crutch, if you will, and not force me to throw my curveball for a strike and learn to throw my changeup.”
Reports from Boston say that Workman will look to be starting games in Portland for the Red Sox Double-A team. Yesterday, Workman started when the Red Sox played the Philadelphia Phillies. He pitched for three innings and allowed two runs off three hits and struck out one batter.
If Workman continues to impress in Double-A, the Red Sox could find a way to bring him up to the major league.