The Book on Allen Webster
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
Allen Webster / RHP, BOS
Madison, NC, USA
School: McMichael HS (NC)
88 | 12/28/2013
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (4/23/2014): #68
MLB.com/MiLB.com Season Preview: #46
Scout.com/FOX Sports: #54
ESPN: Unranked or n/a
Minor League Ball (Sickels): Unranked or n/a
Baseball America 2014: #88
Baseball Prospectus: Unranked or n/a
Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
An eighteenth round pick (!) of the Dodgers back in 2008, righthander Allen Webster has made the Dodger scouts look awfully clever since, as he's risen into the very top ranks of the system in the years since. A quality arm with good control but iffy command, Webster's primary weapon is a mid-90's fastball that can reach 98 with heavy sink, but he's no one-trick pony: his curve, change and slider are all potential plus pitches that show exceptional filth, even when he struggles to throw them consistently. If he can master at least one of those, hopefully the change, he'll be striking out major leaguers very very soon.
Splitting 2011 between the two cutest-named minor league cities in baseball, Webster followed up a 5-2 record and 1.24 WHIP in 9 starts at Rancho Cucamonga with a 6-3, 1.50 WHIP in 17 more at Chattanooga, his first test in AA ball. As a followup, after a hot start in 2012, Webster was generally considered the top pitching prospect (remaining) in the Dodger minors when he was traded to Boston in August. He's a good candidate to compete for a rotation spot in 2013's Spring Training, but a midseason or late-season callup would be a safer play.
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News and Notes
8/25/2012 by KDaddy
Now confirmed: pitcher Allen Webster is a part of the prospect package traded to Boston in exchange for the massive payroll trifecta of Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez. Now unsaddled by more than $240 million in commitments over the next five years, Boston suddenly looks like a team that could make serious offseason moves. It's definitely not boring in Beantown, at least.