In spring training, individual results count far more than team results.
Yesterday, Allen Webster’s performance added up to a very big win for the Red Sox.
In his debut, the 23-year-old right-hander, who was a key component in the Dodgers trade last August, delivered an eye-opening stint reminiscent of the kind Daniel Bard put on in spring training four years ago.
With a blistering 98 mph fastball and 87 mph changeup, Webster dazzled over two innings in the 4-2 Red Sox victory over Toronto. He struck out four, and no ordinary Blue Jays, either: Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion to end the second, and J.P. Arencibia and Brett Lawrie to start the third.
Each batter went down on three pitches, all but one of the dozen strikes a swing-and-miss.
The soft-spoken Webster admitted this gave his confidence a bit of a boost.
“It helps out,” he said. “That’s the toughest batters I’ve faced. I look forward to facing more.”
Allen Webster impresses with power pitching
Boston Herald | Feb 26