The Boston Red Sox's 2012 campaign left a lot to be desired, but there was nothing more disappointing than Boston's pitching. With fans hoping for a complete 180 from the mound, spring training represents the first hopeful sign of a turnaround.
Everyone's eyes will be fixated on Jon Lester, searching for signs that he's back on the waggon and looking like his old ace-like self.
They'll be waiting to see if a fit-looking John Lackey, back from Tommy John surgery, will produce even a dollar's worth of his $82.5 million contract—though nobody's really holding their breath.
Question marks will seek answers regarding Ryan Dempster's ability to succeed in the American League and whether or not Joel Hanrahan can hold up the caboose at closer.
But while all eyes will be on the players who hold the Red Sox's immediate future in their gloves, there's no reason not to scout out the up-and-comers. The Red Sox feature a deep bullpen and in order to bolster that unit, the team has invited seven non-roster pitchers looking to break into the 40-man roster to camp.
Here are the pitchers to watch during spring training that will otherwise be throwing under the radar—unless of course, they shoot themselves in the leg.