Friday, December 18, 2015

Allen Webster Is A Cautionary Tale On 'Hot Prospects'

Allen Webster
UPDATE: Webster To Sign In Korea
Allen Webster came to the Red Sox in The Great 2012 Nick Punto Deal as one of the hidden prospect 'gems' (along with Rubby De La Rosa) in the transaction. Webster had been one of the top young arms in the Dodger system. In his two years with Boston, Webster went 6-5 with a 6.25 ERA. He posted a miserable 1.578 WHIP. Needless to say, he was dealt (along with an equally unimpressive De La Rosa) to the Diamondbacks for Wade Miley. Now, Webster has been released by the Pirates (after being DFA'd by Arizona). This is a long way of saying: beware of over-valuing "top" prospects. We all want to keep our young talent, but sometimes, dealing them away for known quantities is the better route.