AAA Prospect Review - The Pitchers

Rupe Posted 6.30 ERA in Four Relief Appearances

The Pawtucket Red Sox finished with a 84-61 record, tops in the International League and a franchise record. They fell just short of winning the Governor's Cup, losing to the Durham Bulls in the finals. This article will review those pitchers who played long enough to amass 15 IP at Pawtucket. If a player has pitched more than 15 IP in the majors, he will not be included.

Dicky Gonzalez - RHP
24 years old

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

AAA

Pawtucket

4.04

151.2

1.39

1.72

6.17

0.77



Dicky Gonzalez did a nice job for Pawtucket this year. There is plenty of room for improvement. Gonzalez is still a young kid, even though he has been playing professionally for several years. He does not walk a lot of people, as his BB/9 inn numbers are very good. His other peripheral numbers are borderline at best. He gave up at lot of hits which is shown by the fact his WHIP number is high even though his walks are low. Gonzalez's inconsistency explains why the Sox did not resign him in the off season and he signed with the D'Rays.

Paul Stewart - RHP
25 years old

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

AAA

Pawtucket

4.30

121.1

1.44

3.12

5.64

1.19



The big righty had a bit of an inconsistent year for the Paw Sox. All of his peripheral numbers are very mediocre, with nothing that's ridiculously bad or good. His WHIP is a bit on the high side, but that may be more of a result of his walk numbers. He only gave up 133 hits on the season as opposed to 76 walks. Neither number is that bad, but they both leave plenty of room for improvement. Stewart is not a strikeout guy, and he has the tendency to give up the gopher ball. It remains to be seen if the Sox bring him back, as he is also eligible for free agency like Dicky Gonzalez, but has not been signed yet.

Bryan Hebson - RHP 27 years old

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

AAA

Pawtucket

2.73

26.1

0.87

2.04

7.51

1.36



Hebson, a former first rounder of the Montreal Expos in 1997, posted good numbers out of the bullpen for the Paw Sox this past year. His WHIP was very good, and his walk numbers were also solid. He proved his ability to get a clutch strikeout when needed, as evidenced by his good strikeout numbers. His home run numbers are suspect and need to come way down though. Hebson excelled in the Arizona Fall League this past winter, posting some gaudy numbers. He went 4-0 with a 1.83 ERA in 20 innings pitched. This may be a sign that the former first rounder is finally going to live up to his billing. He could have a shot at catching on at the next level if he can build on his success in the AFL.

Jaime Brown - RHP
26 years old

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

AAA

Pawtucket

2.26

51.2

0.87

0.87

6.79

0.17

AAA

Buffalo

3.52

61.1

1.01

2.49

3.82

0.59



Jaime Brown posted very good numbers for the Paw Sox after coming over from Buffalo during the middle of the year. He was mainly used a long reliever and occasional spot starter. His peripheral numbers at Pawtucket were very good. His WHIP and walks per 9 are both very solid. You would like to see his K numbers rise a bit, but his home run numbers are very good as well. Brown pitched well towards the end of the year, but look for him to return to Pawtucket next year.

Ryan Rupe - RHP
28 years old

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

AAA

Pawtucket

3.26

102.0

1.10

1.68

6.80

0.97



Rupe came to the Sox in the off season from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He had been in their rotation for a couple of years, never experiencing much success. He is best known to Sox fans as the pitcher that Trot Nixon threw his bat at during one of the infamous Sox-D'Rays feuds. The Sox had hoped that Rupe would make the team out of spring training as a long reliever, but it did not work out. Rupe had a good year for the Paw Sox, helping to lead them to the playoffs. His peripherals are good, but nothing outstanding. He does not walk a lot of guys, so he does not hurt himself in that respect. He is not a strikeout pitcher, but he can get a few. His home run numbers are a little high and need to come down. Rupe projects as a long reliever and possible spot starter. His time is running out though and he needs to make it happen soon.

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