Allen Webster
Allen Webster
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Chicago Cubs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs in March of 2018.
Joins Cubs on minor-league deal
PChicago Cubs  AAA
March 2, 2018
Webster signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs on Friday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.
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Webster lasted played in the majors in 2015. The 28-year-old owns a 6.13 ERA in 120.1 innings over parts of three seasons. His strikeout rate (13.9 percent) and walk rate (12.1 percent) are both poor. He spent the 2016 season in Korea and the 2017 season at Triple-A Round Rock with high ERAs at both stops (5.70 and 6.79, respectively). It's unlikely that he'll be anything more than minor-league filler for the Cubs.
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Webster will look to rebuild his value while starting for Samsung in the KBO.
Webster had an interesting developmental year at Triple-A Pawtucket in 2014. Long known for a mid-to-high 90s fastball of which he had sketchy command, Webster dialed it back a bit in order to gain better command. The result was a lower strikeout rate, but also reduced walks and more consistency from start to start. As it became clear that Boston's season was going nowhere and they jettisoned four-fifths of the starting rotation, Webster was promoted and took a regular turn in the rotation from late July on. It was a good opportunity for him to stake a claim on a spot in the rotation for 2015, but his performance was spotty. In particular, his command. He walked 23 batters in 35 innings in his first seven starts. He turned it around in September, posting a 2.63 ERA while permitting just five walks in 24 innings. That's an encouraging sign for Webster, who was penciled into the Diamondbacks' Opening Day rotation by GM Dave Stewart following a December trade.
Webster had an impressive spring training that led to opening the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he started well. He was called up to Boston a few times and made six starts with both encouraging and disastrous results. Webster's mid-to-high 90s fastball with movement is tantalizing, but his control was often spotty in 2013. Once he rejoined Pawtucket for the stretch drive, Webster managed to find a modicum of control and finished the season on a roll. With six MLB-capable starters at the major-league level, Webster will likely get another year of seasoning at Triple-A.
Webster was included in the blockbuster deal between the Dodgers and Red Sox in August after entering 2012 as the Dodgers' second-ranked prospect. Logging 130.2 innings, Webster struggled with his control (4.2 BB/9) while striking out nearly a batter per inning at Double-A. In terms of raw stuff, Webster's arsenal includes a 94-96 mph fastball with occasional sink along with a slider and a changeup that both grade out as better than average offerings. The Red Sox are unlikely to force him into prolonged duty with the big club in 2013, but Webster will likely get a bump to Triple-A Pawtucket with an eye toward competing for a full-time rotation spot in 2014 if he's able to cut back on the free passes.
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Sent to minor-league camp
PTexas Rangers  AAA
March 28, 2017
Webster was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday.
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Inks minor league deal with Rangers
PTexas Rangers  AAA
November 15, 2016
Webster signed a minor league contract with the Rangers on Tuesday that includes an invite to spring training.
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PFree Agent  AAA
April 19, 2016
Webster has won two of three starts for Samsung in the KBO, compiling a 4.26 ERA in 19 innings.
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PPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
November 26, 2015
The Pirates are looking for pitching coach Ray Searage to work his magic with Webster, most likely as a right-handed arm out of the bullpen, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "If we can help him get back on track, he can help our team in a variety of roles,” GM Neal Huntington said.
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PPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
November 25, 2015
Webster was dealt to the Pirates on Wednesday in exchange for cash considerations, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
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