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.