The Red Sox are planning to start Webster in the rotation at Triple A Pawtucket. When the need arises for a starter — and that is inevitable — he will be considered.
That a 23-year-old with high-ceiling talent is in that position is a positive development for the Red Sox. In Webster, De La Rosa, Matt Barnes, and other young pitchers, the organization is building depth.
“I think any time you can have that pipeline of pitching coming from within, you’re dealing from more of a position of strength,” Farrell said. “We all recognize how hard pitching is to come by and the cost of it. To be able to have it coming from within is a healthy sign.”
Webster may finally get excited the day he arrives in the majors. Or maybe not.
“I try and stay the same no matter what happens to me,” he said. “I don’t want the hitters to see how I feel. That’s just how I am.”