Webster grew up in Madison, N.C., which has a population of 2,219. He describes it as “a wooded, country area.” He and his buddies always have enjoyed canoeing. He also hunts deer.
When asked if his dream life, if not a baseball player, possibly would be an outdoorsy existence and owning a cabin in a quiet location, Webster replied: “Yeah, sounds good. I always like it quiet. Relaxed.”
Boston is a loud city though.
“I’m still getting used to it,” Webster admitted. “This is a whole different lifestyle up here than where I’m from. Everything is moving fast.”
Snyder, who was promoted to Boston recently, said: “Webby’s one of those guys where you really have to gain his trust before he opens up. ... Once he opens up in the clubhouse, he’s obviously a lot different. He’s never much of a talker regardless.”
Webster does seem to fit Boston in the sense that his shyness disappears when he’s on the mound.
“He definitely has that bulldog mentality,” Snyder said. “He’s up there going right after hitters. He’s a competitor.”
Webster entered spring training ranked by Baseball America as the 49th best prospect in professional baseball. He turned heads spring training, reaching 98 mph on the radar.
“His changeup is a key pitch for him,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “When he’s in a tight spot, that pitch gets his delivery back in sync, gets him back down in the strike zone and on the plate more regularly.”
Webster is only with Boston now because Clay Buchholz (neck) remains on the disabled list. The youngster certainly is getting some valuable experience for next year when he likely will join Boston’s starting rotation to begin the season.
“Obviously I just got to get better with my fastball command,” Webster said. “Just every start is a learning experience. Every start something happens that you learn.”