Red Sox Nation wrote:WhosBabeRuth wrote:He has shown flashes of brilliance and within the next few years I expect a solid # 2 starter. All in all, this year he gives the sox a chance to win most of the time he pitches. Regardless, A lefty who has the ability to hit 95 on the gun? I gotta get excited about that...[/i]
I highly doubt he can be a #2. When Schilling is gone and we're assuming Beckett/Papelbon/Lester/Hansen stay and Papelbon joins the rotation, Lester would most likely start 3rd. IMO, he's a projected #3 or even #4 (4 cuz he's a lefty) starter.thedude wrote:Lester isn't ready for the the majors. You can see his incostistancy from inning to inning. He should be in AAA refining his control, but the red sox injuries have prevented that.
Lester can hit 94-96 (when needed) on his 4 seam fastball. however he ussally throws a 2 seam fastball or a cut fastball which is why the velocity in is in the low 90s most of the time.
Lester is actually a higher regarded prospect than his teammate, Paplebon (who is 3.5 years his serior).
The Red Sox hope that Paplebon and Lester will be the coaces of the 2008 Red Sox.
He has not been great this year, but he is far from a finished product.
To my knowledge, Lester started the season in AA-Portland. I don't think he's reached AAA but you might be right.
Of course. If it weren't for all the injuries, Lester wouldn't have been called up in the first place. Papelbon is actually more ready and as for Hansen, he's supposed to be the best of them all but he has really struggled this year. How about Beckett? Didn't he get a deal until 2009?...BobbyRoberto wrote:Lester is a guy you should have sold high on a few starts ago, if you're still in the hunt for ERA and WHIP. Today, he had another bad outing, except for the win. He gives up way too many baserunners to keep that ERA down. Pitching for Boston, he can still give you wins, but he'll hurt you down the stretch in other areas.
Thus why in a standard league (with an expected 6-7 starters [I have 6-7 starters meaning no benched hitters]), he will only be #5 or #6.
When someone says a future #2 pitcher they normally mean in general he would be considered a #2 pitcher, not just for the specific team they play on they will be considered a #2 pitcher.
Also Lester is actually regarded as the best of the bunch according to most prospect websites, including BA (they have Lester 1, Papelbon 2, and Hansen 3)
In a yearly league a few weeks ago was definetely the time to sell high since most rookie pitchers generally struggle, with Liriano, Verlander, Papelbon, Weaver, this year was an exception. In a keeper league though judging by some of the comments now would actually be a good time to buy low on Lester