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It's complicated: Boston's glut of pitching talent

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07:45 AM ET 01.06 | While acquiring the pieces was no simple task, settling things remains unanswered. Before the Red Sox could conceive of having seven pitching prospects who may be poised to graduate to the major league rotation within the next 15 months, they had to dispatch a militia of scouts to acquire them, either through the draft or, in the case of Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa, an August 2012 blockbuster with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Then, they entrusted minor league coaches to oversee their development. But now, with Webster, De La Rosa, Anthony Ranaudo (2010, supplemental first round), Brandon Workman (2010, second round), Matt Barnes (2011, first round), and lefties Drake Britton (2007, 23rd round) and Henry Owens (2011, supplemental first round) having reached at least Double A, Step 3 is no less complicated.

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John Farrell, Icon Sports John Farrell, Icon Sports
January 6, 2014  08:03 AM ET

You Can Never Have Enough, Bros.

January 6, 2014  08:26 AM ET

It's a problem the Yankees would love to have right now.

January 6, 2014  08:44 AM ET

Nice problem to be having no?

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January 6, 2014  09:12 AM ET
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Teams have shown in the past too much pitching is never a problem, because you never have too much. Injuries, off years and general suckiness always happen.

I agree with this general sentiment, but the Bosox also need to look at their positional weaknesses and see if they can address them by trading off some of their stockpiled pitchers. Can't just sit pat.

January 6, 2014  09:13 AM ET

Youkilis told the Yanks that he wanted to play closer to his Left Coast home and then signed with the Rakuten Eagles (Tanaka's team) in Japan.
Guess the US is wider than I thought!!!

January 6, 2014  09:22 AM ET

You can never have too much pitching, especially the starting variety.

January 6, 2014  09:24 AM ET
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I agree with this general sentiment, but the Bosox also need to look at their positional weaknesses and see if they can address them by trading off some of their stockpiled pitchers. Can't just sit pat.

Those guys are all prospects. I bet you at least half of them turn out to be mediocre or worse. That's just how it goes.

January 6, 2014  09:26 AM ET
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Youkilis told the Yanks that he wanted to play closer to his Left Coast home and then signed with the Rakuten Eagles (Tanaka's team) in Japan. Guess the US is wider than I thought!!!

Youk signed in Japan? I hadn't heard that. Guess he has a taste for sushi.

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January 6, 2014  09:38 AM ET
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Youk signed in Japan? I hadn't heard that. Guess he has a taste for sushi.

He also thinks Soapland sounds like fun and likes public johns with no TP.

January 6, 2014  09:40 AM ET
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I think they want to see what they have in Bradley, give the guy a chance.

No problem with having a backup in case he fails, too...

January 6, 2014  09:45 AM ET
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I think they want to see what they have in Bradley, give the guy a chance.

Bradley's a talented kid, after watching him flail away at the plate last year, I have to wonder about his hitting. He didn't exactly burn up AAA last year either, after he got sent down.

January 6, 2014  09:49 AM ET
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Those guys are all prospects. I bet you at least half of them turn out to be mediocre or worse. That's just how it goes.

There is that part. January's glut is replaced in August by the Peaveys and Dempsters of baseball. The backup QB always looks good , until he goes in to the game.

January 6, 2014  09:52 AM ET
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Bradley's a talented kid, after watching him flail away at the plate last year, I have to wonder about his hitting. He didn't exactly burn up AAA last year either, after he got sent down.

He was gangbusters in spring training last year, and then the regular season started and the games counted.

January 6, 2014  09:52 AM ET
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There is that part. January's glut is replaced in August by the Peaveys and Dempsters of baseball. The backup QB always looks good , until he goes in to the game.

And the Backup QB usually does well that game...... until teams have a chance to prepare..... these kids need to get MLB innings under their belt before I say they have a glut of pitching. They have a glut of prospects right now - nothing more.

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