I admittedly don't follow the minor leagues that well, but every mention I'd heard of Masterson was his eventual use as a 6th-7th inning guy in the bullpen. Has that concept been ditched; or, considering how uninspiring the current pen is, could Masterson be converted to a reliever for this season?
I could be wrong here but I don't think the Sox envisioned him as a bullpen guy before drafting him, it just seems like another one of those draft scouting reports that stick to a guy until he has proven he can start successfully. There is little doubt in my mind that Masterson will pitch out of the bullpen this summer given his arsenal and the constant need for relief help. I think it's really great that this organization has learned from it's mistakes and seems to have a set template on how to break in young pitching.
With (possibly) Wakefield and Schilling currently in their last hoorah, it would be safe to expect Masterson to be in line to compete for the #5 spot in the rotation come 2009, correct?
Edited by rembrat, 24 April 2008 - 09:04 PM.