Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz have a World Series championship and a no-hitter on their résumés. John Lackey has started a dozen playoff games in his career, and Ryan Dempster has thrown 200 or more innings seven times in his career.
But the most talented pitcher in the Red Sox rotation may be 25-year-old lefthander Felix Doubront, whose list of accomplishments would not take long to read.
After five seasons in the minors, Doubront had short stints with the Red Sox in 2010 and ’11 before earning a place in the rotation a year ago. He was 11-10 with a 4.86 earned run average, statistics that at face value were not particularly impressive.
But Doubront averaged 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings, the most on the staff. He also allowed 162 hits over 161 innings, impressive for a pitcher in his first full season as a starter.
Doubront threw a fastball that averaged just under 93 miles per hour and occasionally touched 96. Not bad considering he considers his curveball his best pitch.
“A lefthander who can throw 95 and keep the ball down? That is pretty special,” Dempster said. “With his stuff, he can overmatch a lot of people.”
Said manager John Farrell, “We internally are all in agreement. He’s got as much talent as anybody.”
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Boston Globe | Mar 20