Re: Webster - what am I missing
posted at 7/13/2013 1:57 PM EDT
In response to Drewski5's comment:
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In response to southpaw777's comment:
Hes a work in progress. Not quite ready, but has shown some improvements. He''ll go back to AAA when Buch is back...
He's probably headed back today. Would you start him another game? 7 HR in 26 IP. Fastball is as straight as an arrow. And really no improvements. ERA well over 9.
Actually Webster has a fastball that has great movement on it, his problem is he can't spot it. His change up is his best pitch but he can't set it up because he can't spot the fastball. It does seem like when he falls behind in the count that he tries to take something off his fastball when he gets desperate to locate it that it moves less and becomes more hittable.....but that happens to any pitcher that is having control problems.
Webster needs to go back down to Pawtucket and work on his command. yes there is little he can actually "learn" there other than to stay more consistent with his fastball. someone else mentioned that he has nothing to learn down in pawtucket because he dominates the hitters and that is partially true but when you look at Websters stats from start to start he will give up 5 walks in one start then 1 in the next. He dominates both games in Pawtucket but up in the Majors big league hitters take advantage of that.
If Webster had to learn on the fly in Boston he would likely be shaky from start to start with nights like tonight and others where he goes deep and is impressive. We could deal with that if Buccholz was healhty and Lester was pitching great but now we can not handle that.
Respectfully disagree. I love the kid. I think the problem relates to nerves.
Yes, his command could be better. But if command was the sole issue, he wouldnt have as much success in AAA as he's had. If you can command in AAA , you should be able to command in Maj (same distance to home plate).
His best pitch is far and away his 96 MPH sinker. I havent seen a pitch like it since NL Cy Young winner Brandon Webb. It has potential to be the absolute best pitch in our entire organization (taking the #1 seed from Buchholz's two-seamer ). IMO, the problem that he has is its just not sinking in the majors like it does in teh minors....Which is leading to him not being able to spot it.
Maybe he's overthrowing it?
Thats it though Drew, hes not dominating in AAA and has some control issues there. Just look at his BB totals. Hes NOT commanding great in AAA like you suggest. From all reports its not nerves. Hes made some adjustments pitching from the other side of the rubber and theres an adjustment period. Everyone says his confidence and the ability to forget quickly and move on is good. very good mental makeup.