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May 13, 2013

Workman the workhorse: Right-hander no longer working under radar

PORTLAND, MAINE — Brandon Workman was the Red Sox 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, he’s only 24 years old and his fastball has reached 96 mph.

But the Portland Sea Dogs’ power right-hander was not one of the three Red Sox pitchers on Boston’s Top 10 prospect list as ranked by Baseball America following last season and his SoxProspects.com scouting report states his ceiling is “an eighth inning reliever on a contending team.”

That said, Workman is posting as good of statistics and has been efficient as any of the organization’s pitching prospects (Allen Webster, Anthony Ranaudo, Matt Barnes, Henry Owens) considered to have higher ceilings.

His potential is becoming more and more evident and his ceiling is growing by the start.

Workman is coming off a little bit of a shaky start this past Friday, but his stats are impressive. He is 4-1 with a 3.54 ERA in seven games, six starts (40.2 innings) this season. He has 48 strikeouts and 10 walks and the opposition is batting .204 against him.

He retired the first 18 batters he faced in a start against Double-A Reading on April 30.

“My cutter and curveball have been really good this year,” Workman said. “I’ve been able to throw those in a lot of different counts and have had success with both of them. And all of it stems off my fastball, being able to throw that where I want to and get ahead in counts.”

Workman often has been very efficient throughout his minor league career, inducing quick outs and limiting base runners. His WHIP stands at 0.96 this year.

“I’m just trying to hit my spots,” Workman said. “If they get out quick, that’s great. That allows me to pitch deeper into games. If they swing through it, as long as I’m throwing good pitches, it will have me ahead in counts that way as well. I’m not necessarily trying to get quick outs. I’m just trying to make my pitches and good results usually come from making pitches.”

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