Boston Red Sox
BOSTONThe Red Sox must like lefthander Phil Dumatrait. Hes about the only pitching prospect they didnt trade this season.
The Sox dealt six arms during the year, but Dumatrait survived on the strength of an impressive first full season.
"We were fortunate enough to be able to retain some prospects we value highly, and Phil Dumatrait is one of them," interim general manager Mike Port said.
The organizations pitcher of the year at low Class A Augusta, he went 8-5, 2.77, then added four solid starts after a promotion to high Class A Sarasota.
In the process, the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder established himself as the organizations top lefty prospect and among its few blue-chip prospects in general.
"Im pleased with how things went, especially since I started so late last year," Dumatrait said. "Its good to get in a full season."
Dumatrait, 21, pitched just 43 innings in 2001, with his start delayed until July by shoulder tendinitis. He pitched 135 innings this year, striking out 124 and walking 62.
Though Dumatrait has a cool exterior, he says he often found himself too wound up over bad starts. The 2000 first-round pick said he had to learn to roll with the punches.
"Ive worked on that quite a bit," he said. "Its a long season. Youre going to have bad starts, bad games. Of course youre going to get upset, but you have to remember that the sun comes up tomorrow and its a new day."
Dumatrait maintained his low 90s velocity throughout the season while relying on a 12-to-6 curveball as his out pitch. Hes pleased his stuff proved effective at Sarasota, where he went 0-2, 3.86.
"That was a big confidence boost," he said. "You never know what could happen. Well see what happens in spring training."
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