In response to BogieAt12oclock's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
Seriously, those number rankings are useless at the MLB level. Useless.
This league is riddled with pitchers who lit it up at a AAA level and failed in the bigs, as well as vice versa. Webster has just had two completely opposite starts.
Of course rankings are not 100% accurate, and nobody here is denying that, however, my guess is the people who do these ranking know a heck of a lot more about prospects than we do, and Webster has been a top 100 prospect for 3 straight years by both Baseball America and MLB.com.
Nobody is questioning Webster being a good pitcher as long as he stays in the minors; right now he's missing a mental toughness to compete in the big show. Maybe he'll find it, maybe he never will.
Exactly, there is a VERY long list of players who come up in their first seasons and struggle mightily with their control, some see results and a turn around sooner than others, and some never make it.
The reality is on a team like Boston where expectations are high a kid is given less of a chance to prove himself. Sometimes that just leads the Sox to cutting a guy sooner who will inevitably never amount to anything, but sometimes it leads us to letting guys go who end up being great.
I feel like this season gives us the luxury to take advantage of a ****y situation and throw some of these guys out there, give them a long look and see how they progress.
But anyone who thinks someone isn't a "good prospect" based on their ERA and BB/9 in their first 40 innings has not been paying attention to the sport of baseball over the last couple of decades.