Prospect #11 - RHP Allen Webster

Carl Allen Webster, who prefers to be called by his middle name, had what most might call an "interesting" 2008 season. Taken in the 18th round of the free agent draft out of McMichael High School in North Carolina, his selection did not set off bells or whistles and because of that, his season was given an above average rating.

With a fastball in the 88-90 range, he crafted a 1-1, 3.44 record with the Gulf Coast Dodgers while working in a dozen games and 18 innings, he allowed only 12 hits and struck out 17 but it was quickly pointed out that he allowed 13 bases on balls, not a good sign.

Webster was not surprised that he began the 2009 season in the Arizona Rookie league and there it was he who had a surprise for the club.

The 6-foot-2, 165-pound right-handed boosted his stock to the gilt edge level.

He posted a 56-14 strikeout to walk ratio in 48 innings before continuing to excel following a promotion one step up the franchise ladder to Ogden in the Rookie-level Pioneer League. Overall he allowed 35 hits in 47.2 innings.

Dodgers pitching instructor George Culver said an improved delivery was the key to Webster's big step forward.

"He had a lot of issues with it last year. He was a green pea," said Culver. "His mechanics right now are as good as you want to see with a kid with no more pitching experience than he's had."

After the tightening up his delivery, Webster was throwing strikes, his fastball reached 94-95 mph, he had a plus breaking ball and a his work on a changeup was called "promising." Assistant GB-Player Development De Jon Watson told TrueBlueLA that Webster had "added five feet to his fastball". 

Webster finished 2-1 with a 2.08 earned run average and allowed only 35 hits over 47.2 innings while striking out 56 and walking 14 in Arizona. Promoted to Ogden, he was 2-0 with a 3.08 ERA over four games. Overall, the 19-year-old was 4-1 with a 2.36 ERA in 16 games (11 starts) for Arizona and Ogden.

Baseball America noted "there is no reason why he couldn't develop into a No. 2 starter. He's that good," LADugout named him as the Dodgers top pitcher in the Arizona League and ThinkBlue proclaimed him the #3 prospect.

The surprising Mr. Webster will most certainly start at Ogden, although a great spring training may see him begin the season at Great Lakes.

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Born: February 10, 1990 in Madison, N.C.
Obtained: Drafted in 18th round 2009

year	team     w-l   era  gm gs sv   in    h  bb  so  ave
2008	GCL      1-1  3.44  12  0  1  18.1  12  17  13  .197
2009	Ogden    2-0  3.00   4  3  0  21.0  23   4  21  .272
	AZ Rook  2-1  2.08  12  8  0  47.2  35  14  56  .197
 totals	         5-2  2.59  28  11  1  87.0 70  35  90  .215  

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