Scouting Reports, 2014 Projections for Boston Red Sox's Pitchers and Catchers

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Scouting Reports, 2014 Projections for Boston Red Sox's Pitchers and Catchers
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Lefty Jon Lester shall once again anchor Boston's formidable rotation in 2014.

With spring training and the 2014 season just around the corner, the Boston Red Sox are poised to defend their third World Series title in the last 10 years.

An elite core of pitchers was at the heart of Boston's championship last year and is poised to be another critical factor in ensuring the Red Sox have an equal chance of backing up that crown this forthcoming season.

Boston made relatively few moves regarding the pitching staff.  Aside from the addition of a few arms to solidify the bullpen, the current staff looks much like it did in 2013.

Yet the Red Sox did address one of their offseason needs by signing veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year deal, thus replacing former Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia who left the team via free agency.

What should fans and analysts expect out of Boston's pitching and catching in 2014?

Will they live up to the same rapport developed last season, or are they due for a setback coming off the lengthy and grueling pressure of a full postseason?

It is worth an evaluation.

In this slideshow, we shall take a look at the projections for Boston's pitchers and catchers before they are due to report on Saturday, February 15.

I am staying away from prospects like Blake Swihart and Brandon Workman, not because of their undeniable potential, but rather because they do not have a significant body of work to evaluate at the major league level.  Let us focus more on the established talent.

Not only will we evaluate scouting reports from each player—including statistical analysis and projections—but we will attempt to determine what type of impact each player will have over the course of the 2014 season.

To determine these potential impacts, we will take an average of recent years' statistics and attempt to factor in some other variables, such as numbers at Fenway Park, versus other teams within the AL East, etc.

Let us take a look.

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