Re: Workman and Webster
posted at 2/16/2014 7:01 PM EST
In response to BMav's comment:
Not only that but even at the MLB level the amount of swings and misses he was generating was phenomenal.
In 2012, Webster put up these numbers in AA...
He was ranked after that performance at 49th and 71st respectively.
In 2013 he improved his numbers even though he jumped to AAA...
But because of a couple of bad starts in MLB he seems to have dropped in some eyes. His stuff certainly didn't drop. Nor did his minor league performance.
I do worry about his mound presence in Boston though.
I don't know how anyone can deny he has one of the highest ceilings in our system. Definitely much higher than Workman and Ranaudo. His stuff is good. Now this doesn't come without saying he may never fully harness it and become a pitcher.
So Yes Ranaudo could very well end up being a more succesful pitcher than Webster, but he hasn't surpassed him yet, he has still barely done anything above AA.
I suspect we will see a few guys contribute this year from Webster/Ranaudo/Barnes/wright.
I think between Dempster and Wright going down that it is almost guranteed that RDLR starts the year off as a starter. I was certain they were going to stick with him a little bit longer in that role but I thnk the odds are even greater now. So he could be a contributor at some point this year as well.
But yes Your original point is view I hold and share. Webster has shown a lot of improvement and people are down on him because of a few bad MLB starts. But he had a good AAA year, and people forget that he is also new to pitching. He didn't really pitch in highschool and didn't really start pitching full time until he was drafted.