Re: CtHugh - Webster is a AAAA pitcher
posted at 8/3/2014 9:45 AM EDT
In response to moonslav59's comment:
I am just going by what I see. How many times do I need to see it? He may end up being better or worse. So may anyone else. Where is all of this great stuff we keep hearing about? At some point you have to wonder. There are pitchers his age and younger who are pitching very well. He is not. I hope that will change. But when?
I wonder about every pitcher with just a 40 IP sample size, even if they start out doing very well.
There's nothing wrong with wondering or worrying about how poorly he has looked in most of his starts, but acting like a pitcher's first 40 IP is a good predictor of what he will become is a seriously flawed methodology.
Of course there's a significant possibility he never progresses farther, but I hesitate to go against what several scouts see in him, until a much larger sample size is in the books. I have mentioned several times that his best role may be in relief, but that can be tried at a later date.
All these recent trades has allowed us an opportunity to give guys like Webster, de la Rosa, Ranaudo and Workman 8 or 9 starts in a row. While that may still not be a long enough sample size to determine their future, it should help us get a better understanding about their readiness to start 2015 in our rotation, the bull pen or AAA.
I actually thik that, while unofficial, the 2015 rotation is pretty close to set.
I expect Buchholz, De La Rosa, Ranaudo and Kelly in there. My biggest gripe with Ranaudo has always been his health. Hopefully he has put that behind him.
I see Webster, Workman and possibly Hembree in the bullpen. Barnes, Owens, Escobar and Rodriguez (or as I call them - "The Leftwardos") all in AAA, along with Johnson for one awesome PawSox rotation.
They still need a frontline pitcher - possibly Scherzer, Shields, Hamels, or Latos. Acquiring either of the latter two guys could take some names off any or all of the lists above...