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40 Guys in 30 Days: Allen Webster

Aren’t you glad you didn’t hold me to Allan Webster? And this is the guy I like from the Soxpocalypse trade.

Allen Webster
2012 stats (AA): 130.2 IP, 129 K, 61 BB, 2 HR
3.86 ERA, 3.26 FIP
2013 contract status: Not yet eligible for arbitration

Webster is the other of the two major pitching prospects the Red Sox acquired when they traded their best player, second-best pitcher and second-best outfielder so that John Henry could hoard money. Like Rubby de la Rosa, Webster profiles as a potential top of the rotation arm, so long as you don’t mind attaching a few “if”s.

If Webster continues walking just about a batter every other inning, then he’s going to need to limit home runs as much as he has in the minors. If he can’t do that, then he’s going to have to hope that he’s one of the rare pitchers who strikes out more batters as he ages and faces harder and harder opposition. And if he can’t do that, then the Red Sox traded a superstar and two all-stars for a steaming pile of nothing.


On a slightly less fatalistic note, I do think that Webster will develop into at least a capable major league starting pitcher, if not in 2013 then at some point in 2014. And six years of cheap labor from a solid starter has a fair amount of value. I just don’t think it was worth punting any chance the Red Sox had to be competitive before the second half of the decade.

Next time: The Professor and Mary-Ann! (No, we’re going season one. They’re just “the rest.”)

  1. September 30, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    MEANWHILE, BACK AT DODGER STADIUM: Adrian Gonzalez has gotten hot, bringing his September OPS up to a whopping… .799.

    • September 30, 2012 at 1:11 AM

      You’re citing September OPS. That’s cute. Why not make your sample bigger (although no less arbitrary) by just saying that he’s struggled since the trade? And since he’s hitting free agency after the season, Ned Coletti really looks like an idiot for trading two pitching prospects for a rental…oh.

  1. April 20, 2013 at 4:54 PM
  2. April 21, 2013 at 5:23 PM

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