Height/Weight: 6’6”/200 lbs
Pat Light’s sturdy, 6’6” frame draws attention by itself, and he saw his stock shoot up the charts when he touched 96 mph earlier this spring. However, the right-hander struggles to carry his velocity deep into games and often catches too much plate due to lack of movement.
Light also features an above-average slider and changeup that are borderline show-me pitches at the moment and often ineffective due to a varying and inconsistent arm slot. Still, he’s shown improved command of each of his pitches this season, which aids his projection as a starter rather than a reliever.
With an enormous but still projectable frame and plus fastball, it’s hard not to compare the right-hander to the Marlins’ Josh Johnson—though the comparison is less accurate when considering their respective secondary offerings. If Light progresses his way through the minors as a starter, he has the potential to make his debut in mid-to-late 2015.
The Red Sox add a big body pitcher who has the frame to fill out. Fastball tops out in the mid-90s, with an impressive breaking ball to match.