Today's links include stories on the importance of 2013 for Jon Lester, the team's new pitching coach, and some possible breakout seasons around the league this season.
This is the year that Jon Lester needs to prove exactly which kind of pitcher he is. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)'
Ryan Kalish was once a prospect who showed a lot of promise, but he is starting anew once again after yet another surgery. (Peter Abraham; Boston.com)
Alex Speier writes that new pitching coach Juan Nieves could be the perfect man to get the Red Sox pitching back on track. (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)
The staff at Baseball Prospectus reveals nine possible breakout candidates across the league. (Baseball Prospectus Staff)
Hunter Golden looks over the projections for the Red Sox, and specifically how they view the rotation. (Hunter Golden; Fire Brand of the AL)
Every year there is a pitcher who a team will try to get more value out of by converting him from the bullpen to the rotation (*cough* Daniel Bard *cough*). However, are there some starters who would be better utilized as relievers? (Lee Trocinski; Beyond the Boxscore)
Lyle Overbay may have only signed a minor-league contract, but he's ready for a bigger role. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston)
There is a lot of talk about the sensation known as Mike Trout falling victim to regression this season, but him improving on 2012 isn't impossible. (Shane Tourtellotte; Hardball Times)