Allen Webster looked so dominant during his three-inning stint that manager John Farrell expressed compassion to media members who were interviewing players in the clubhouse and missed the chance to see the outing.
"You missed Webster? You missed the highlight of the day," said Farrell.
Webster gave up two hits and no runs, walking one and striking out two. He hit 99 mph on the radar gun. It was a nice follow-up to his first Grapefruit League outing, when he struck out four over two innings.
"With each added inning as he went out there, he had better rhythm and better feel for his secondary pitches," said Farrell. "Once again, high 90s with his velocity with good location. He threw three pitches for strikes -- a very impressive three innings. Twenty-nine pitches in three innings. He was really good, especially the last inning. You can ask all the umpires. It was an impressive performance."
While velocity wows fans, Farrell and pitching coach Juan Nieves are looking at other things for their evaluation.
"Up to 99 again today," Farrell said. "Again, velocity is one thing, but still, I just think the action to the stuff [stands out] and keep in mind, this is someone who has always been a starter, so the first inning coming in in the middle of the game is a little bit different for him. But with each successive inning, you can see the rhythm and just the flow of the game really start to take over. He has three very good weapons you can go to."
Like De La Rosa, Webster will open the season in the Minors, barring an injury. The Red Sox are excited about their depth options if they do need to find a starter at some point during the season.
"Provided everyone is healthy, our rotation is spoken for," Farrell said. "The one thing we're getting a better read on and a feel for are the abilities of these guys in key spots and their ability to make certain pitches in some tight situations. Albeit it's Spring Training, but still, still, they are handling those situations well. They come into a new organization and they are making very good impressions."