Friday, January 16, 2015

Could Future Sox Rotations Be All Homegrown?

There's been a lot of chatter (including here on FenwayNation) about the inability of the Red Sox to land a number one starting pitcher. Basically, the team has collected a bunch of number three starters to forge ahead into the 2015 season. Three of the top five—Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, and Joe Kelly—are from outside the organization. Only Clay Buchholz and Justin Masterson are homegrown. But in a few short years, there is a chance that Boston could sport an all-'homegrown' rotation of exceptional starters. Think about it. If they don't deal away one or two of these kids, they could have the following rotation in, say, 2017 or 2018: Henry Owens (LHP), Anthony Ranaudo (RHP), Eduardo Rodriguez (LHP), Edwin Escobar (LHP) and Matt Barnes (RHP). Now, technically Rodriguez (Orioles) and Escobar (Giants) emerged from elsewhere, but they are both young enough to be materially shaped by the Red Sox pitching philosophy. Having three quality, young left-handed arms in a future rotation—along with two tall, powerful righties—is a very enticing prospect.