Another blowout win today, as Allen Webster cruised past the competition to round out the top-5.
The other primary piece coming from Los Angeles in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Nick Punto, there's plenty to like about Allen Webster. First off, there's the fact that he's expected to start the year at Triple-A. That's always a big plus for a team with a rotation as shaky as Boston's. Second, there's the fact that he has the arsenal to start between his fastball, slider, and impressive changeup. Third, have I mentioned he's starting the year at Triple-A?
Webster doesn't necessarily have the same ceiling as the guys above him in Barnes and Rubby, and there are questions about his ability to spot the fastball. If he can't work that out, he's going to have some very real trouble reaching said ceiling. But for all that he's just a small improvement away from filling out the back-end of Boston's rotation as a rookie.
Is it as exciting an idea as watching the man who learned his changeup from Pedro Martinez blow away batters with a triple-digit fastball? No. But Webster is sort of the safer option, the one with fewer moving parts. And if he isn't guaranteed to turn into an All-Star, he should still be giving Boston reliable innings somewhere down the line, which is something they've needed for a while now.
Alright, we're one quarter of the way through, with 15 more to go. You know the drill by now:
I'll name candidates in the comments below, and you rec the comment of the player you want to vote for. For those unfamiliar with how to go about that, just click "actions" underneath the comment and then "rec." Nice and easy, though you do have to be a member to join in.
On the off chance I forget or otherwise leave someone out, you are free to start your own voting thread for that player. I'll even give it a rec of my own to make up for your vote.