Is The "Bard" Of The Future Already In Red Sox Camp?
Pat Light At Spring Training (MassLive.COM Screenshot)
Thanks to MassLive.com's Christopher Smith, we could have a glimpse of the Red Sox closer of the future. We all remember when former set-up man Daniel Bard would crack the 100-MPH barrier. Now, it seems there could be another tall fire-balling reliever on the horizon—Pat Light. The 6'5" right-hander out of Chris Christie-Land can bring it—closer-like—at 102 MPH. He did just that at AA Portland and also hit the century-mark at AAA Pawtucket. He is at Fort Myers this year on the 40-man roster. Light was the compensation pick for losing closer Jonathan Papelbon, and he might just fill the bill as a ninth-inning guy of the future. Since being switched from a starter to a reliever, Light has blossomed. While meddling with roles was the death knell for Bard—hopefully it will be the saving grace for Light. Oh, did we mention the former basketball star can still dunk? Keep an eye on this guy at this year's camp!