Allen Webster (baseball)
Carl Allen Webster (born February 10, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Boston Red Sox and the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has also played for the Samsung Lions of the KBO League.
Webster with the Boston Red Sox in 2014
|Chicago Cubs – No. 61|
|Born: February 10, 1990|
Greensboro, North Carolina
|MLB: April 21, 2013, for the Boston Red Sox|
|KBO: April 2, 2016, for the Samsung Lions|
|MLB statistics |
(through May 10, 2019)
|Earned run average||6.03|
|KBO statistics |
(through 2016 season)
|Earned run average||5.70|
Los Angeles DodgersEdit
Webster was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 18th round of the 2008 MLB Draft and began his career with the Gulf Coast Dodgers in 2008. In 2009, he played primarily with the Arizona League Dodgers and in 2010 was with the Great Lakes Loons where he was 12–9 with a 2.88 ERA in 26 appearances (23 starts) and stuck out 114 batters. In 2011, he started nine games for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and was 5–2 with a 2.33 ERA before a mid-season promotion to the AA Chattanooga Lookouts. In 2012, he made 22 starts for the Lookouts (and 5 relief appearances) with a 6–8 record and 3.55 ERA.
Boston Red SoxEdit
On August 25, 2012, Webster was traded to the Boston Red Sox along with infielder Iván DeJesús, Jr., first baseman James Loney, and two players to be named later, in exchange for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford, infielder Nick Punto, and $11 million. Eventually, pitcher Rubby De La Rosa and OF/1B Jerry Sands were the two players to complete the trade.
Entering 2013, Webster was ranked as the fourth-best prospect in the Red Sox minor league system and ranked 71st in the MLB.com Top 100 Prospects list. The Red Sox added him to their 40-man roster and assigned him to the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox to start the season.
The Red Sox called him up to the Majors for the first time on April 21, 2013 to start the second game of a doubleheader. Webster was optioned the next day. Webster was recalled May 7 after reliever Joel Hanrahan went on the disabled list. Webster was optioned back to Pawtucket on May 9, and recalled on June 22. During his time in the Majors of the 2013 season, Webster made 8 appearances (7 starts) going 1–2 with an 8.60 ERA.
On December 12, 2014, the Red Sox traded Webster, Rubby De La Rosa, and Raymel Flores to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Wade Miley. The 2015 season proved to be a difficult one for Webster. He was reported to have had shoulder fatigue in April. After struggling to the tune of an 8.18 ERA in AAA, Webster was called up to Arizona and made 5 starts while also appearing out of the bullpen four times. The Diamondbacks designated Webster for assignment after the season.
On November 25, 2015, Webster was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for cash considerations. He was released by the Pirates on December 16 and shortly afterwards signed a one-year contract with the Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization. He managed to start 12 games for the Lions, pitching to a 5.70 ERA.
On March 2, 2018, Webster signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs. Across three levels in Chicago's minor league system, Webster pitched to a 2.65 ERA in 17 games, and was called up to the Major Leagues on September 19th. He was non-tendered and became a free agent on November 30, 2018. On December 19, he re-signed to a minor league deal with the Cubs. With the Cubs struggling at the start of the 2019 season Webster was called up to the majors to bolster the bullpen. In his first relief appearance for the Cubs, the first batter he faced, Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, hit a three run homer.
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