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Red Sox top pitching prospects enjoy competition, camaraderie

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hThe Pawtucket Red Sox won the International League championship in 2012 with a pitching staff that was older than many major league teams.

Of the nine pitchers who made at least 10 starts that season, seven were at least 29 years old. Nelson Figueroa, who won the league championship game against Charlotte, was 38. None were prospects and, as such, none remain in the Red Sox organization.

Two years later, Pawtucket’s pitching staff will resemble a preschool team compared with that bunch. In Drake Britton, Matt Barnes, Rubby De La Rosa, Anthony Ranaudo, and Allen Webster, the Red Sox have five potential Triple A starters all 25 or younger.

Double A Portland will feature 21-year-old lefthander Henry Owens, the best pitching prospect in the organization.

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