Rubby De La Rosa immediately emerged as a pleasant surprise this camp.
He was the bright spot in last summer's megatrade with the Los Angeles Dodgers and based on spring training, it looks like we could already see the 24-year-old making a positive impact from the Red Sox mound sometime this season, filling in when needed.
Tommy John surgery doesn't seem to have set De La Rosa—who's a distant cousin of none other than Pedro Martinez—back even a little bit, for he hit triple digits on the radar gun more than once this camp.
And even more important than his fastball, is the obvious control he has shown over his secondary pitches, especially his changeup.
The right-hander was nearly perfect in his first two outings, pitching four scoreless innings total.
In the first, he closed out the win for Boston in the ninth with just three pitches and arguably took the spotlight from Jon Lester's first outing of the spring.
Then in his second, De La Rosa struck out two batters, one of which was former All-Star Brandon Inge on three pitches.
Because of the limited time De La Rosa has gotten since surgery, Farrell wants to ease him into a starting job, and it's probably not a bad idea.
And then he struggled in his next pair of outings, which consequently dropped him down few spots in these rankings. Against the Pirates last week, De La Rosa gave up three runs—two earned—on three hits. He struck out two, walked one and helped Pittsburgh extend its eighth-inning lead with a throwing error.
His outing on Monday got especially ugly. De La Rosa allowed five earned runs, closing in a 7-1 lead for the Red Sox, who ended up losing, 8-7. He walked four batters and allowed two hits, one of which was a three-run double.
It's yet to be seen if a few bad innings will be enough to change anyone's mind about him, but hopefully the De La Rosa that started camp is the one the Sox see in the future.