26-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Britton, a starter his entire minor league career, was an unexpected addition to Boston's bullpen during its championship run in 2013. The organization decided he would convert to reliever full time -...
Drake Britton Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, $503,000 contract with Boston in March 2014.
Britton cleared waivers Friday and was assigned to Triple-A Iowa, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Britton had a wild ride in 2013. It didn't start well, with an arrest for driving under the influence during spring training, and his first two months for Double-A Portland were similarly ominous (4.69 ERA in 48 innings). Ever since his dynamite 2010 season in Low-A, Britton hasn't been able to keep it up for long stretches at subsequent levels. Control has been an issue, as well as pitching around trouble and maintaining composure. Through it all, his stuff remained high, he maintained steady K/9 rates, and the Red Sox were still optimistic about his upside. In late May, Britton turned things around and was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, but his stay there was short, as the Red Sox called him up to Boston due to a need for a lefty reliever to replace Andrew Miller (foot). Britton had initial success in the majors as a low-leverage reliever, but it wasn't sustained. As a starter, he still needs to develop his off-speed repertoire, and it's unclear if the organization is committed to him as a starter or reliever.
Britton salvaged his career in 2012 after two disastrous campaigns where he seemed to lost command and control of every pitch in his repertoire. Just when it looked like he was straightening out, Britton was arrested on a DUI charge this past spring, calling into question his maturity and focus. The highlight of arsenal remains his fastball, which tops out with frequency in the 95-96 mph range. Britton has inconsistent mechanics, causing the command and shape of his pitches to waver. He'll remain on a starter's track this season, but unless he can sustain consistent mechanics over longer stretches, Britton's future may that of a reliever.
Britton had a truly forgettable season at High-A Salem in 2011, finishing with a 1-13 record and 6.91 ERA while showing very little command. The poor results started to make an impact mentally, but he managed to make all of his starts and hopefully learned something from the experience. And it earned him a promotion to Double-A Portland to open the 2012 season. Commanding his fastball (low-to-mid 90s) is the first order of business for Britton in 2012, in addition to ironing out some loose mechanics.
Britton, a 2008 survivor of Tommy John surgery, is moving up the organizational ranks as a pitching prospect, after a successful 2010 season at Low-A Greenville. The lefty's four-seam fastball lives in the 92-94 mph range and can be dialed up to 96 when needed, and his curveball is there. He really needs to work on the change up and perhaps develop a two-seamer or cutter. Control and command are still issues for Britton, but the Red Sox are very high on his potential. He'll open the 2011 season at High-A Salem.
Britton, 20, made three starts for Short-Season Lowell in 2009, following his recovery from Tommy John surgery. The velocity of his fastball came back, but Britton had an inconsistent release point which resulted in poor command. Being able to throw his fastball for strikes, particularly lower in the zone, will be his prime need for 2010.