De La Rosa and Webster Have Impressed in Spring Training

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 Spring training is a valuable experience for young players. It gives them an opportunity to showcase their skills against big leaguers and in turn work on their game.  Pitching prospects Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster have impressed in Spring Training with their raw ability.

Near the end of August last season, the Red Sox completed a historic trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  It was a nine player deal and the Sox cleared a little over 250 million dollars.  But the deal wasn’t just a financial move. The Sox got four promising prospects in the deal as well: pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster, plus outfielders David Dejesus Jr. and Jerry Sands.  The two outfielders have since been traded to Pittsburgh in the deal that brought closer Joel Hanrahan to Boston.

Meanwhile, pitching studs, De La Rosa and Webster have impressed in spring training.  Before the trade, De La Rosa quickly rose through the Dodger system until he was derailed with an elbow injury, requiring Tommy John surgery.  De La Rosa’s first spring with the Sox was tough.  He allowed seven earned runs over 6.2 innings. But he certainly showed he has the raw talent—he touched triple digits on the radar gun early in the spring.  Webster has had a much more efficient spring, striking out fourteen batters while allowing only two runs over eleven innings.  While he doesn’t have a triple digit heater, Webster appears to be a more refined prospect than La Rosa.

It’s clear that both pitchers have loads of potential and could be the future of Red Sox staff. They aren’t quite ready yet though—both were optioned to Pawtucket on Friday as the final 25 man roster is being finalized.  Look for these guys to pitching at Fenway soon though as they both have been called up by the Dodgers in the past.

Jackie Bradley Jr. Watch

Jackie Bradley Jr

There is just something about Jackie Bradley Jr. He steps up to the plate on Monday, March 11th and in the first inning, within moments of the start of the game, he hits a home run. Then later, he gets up again, and hits a RBI. Tuesday he had a solid outing making contact with the ball and getting on base. His defensive work has been consistent and laudable by many reliable sources.

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Jenny Dell of NESN interviews Jackie Bradley Jr. Courtesy of nesn.com

He is causing quite the stir on Twitter with a hashtag campaign #KeepJBJ, trying to send a message to John Farrell to keep him up in the majors. The jaded Boston media are even falling in love with this kid. The people have spoken. They keep speaking since he is simply undeniable. Yes, I want him to come to Boston, too, but I also want money to grow on trees. I don’t believe it is going to happen, so Rhode Island better get ready for him. They may have to push back the state borders because this kid is swinging, batting .536 (15-for-28). June could be the month that he comes to Fenway. Everyone looking to buy tickets to watch a game at Fenway, go in June. The weather is more stable by then, and the organization may just give Bradley Jr. the playing time that he deserves.

If the powers that be take their time, and he comes up in late May or June, (here I am already pushing the date up), he will achieve the same height of fandom that Jacoby Ellsbury enjoyed in 2007. They were right with their timing with Ellsbury, and that is what they should do with Bradley Jr.  Clearly, this is my measured, logical side talking. My emotional side wants him in the starting nine.

In the meantime, run don’t walk, to Pawtucket and buy those tickets. You can get great seats at reasonable prices, not to mention eat without breaking the bank, while watching this well-rounded up and comer.