Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Fact or Fiction: Justin Masterson

Justin Masterson has been called up from Portland. He will start tomorrow night against the Angels. Let's get to know him with a little Fact or Fiction:

  1. He is the first Jamaican-born member of the Red Sox.
  2. At 6-6, Masterson is the tallest pitcher to start a game for the Sox since Derek Lowe.
  3. Weighing in at approximately 250 pounds, Masterson is the heaviest Sox picther since El Guapo.
  4. He is one of seven Sox on Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects list.
  5. He likes to grill asparagus, film it, and post it on YouTube.
  6. He is the great-great-great grandson of gunfighter/lawman/sports writer Bat Masterson.

1. True. The three other Jamaican-born major leaguers, Chili Davis, Rolando Roomes and Devon White, never suited up for the Sox.
2. False. Kyle Snyder is 6-8. And remember Jason Johnson? Yeah, he was 6-8 and
3. False. David Wells is listed at 248 lbs, but that's probably generous.
4. True. Masterson came in at No. 63; the six others are RHP Clay Buchholz (No. 4); CF Jacoby Ellsbury (No. 13); 1B Lars Anderson (No. 40); 3B Jed Lowrie (No. 73); RHP Michael Bowden (No. 94); and CF Ryan Kalish (No. 96).
5. False. This is not Justin Masterson, major league pitcher.
6. False. But Bat Masterson is the great-grandfather of Robert Ballard, the marine scientist who discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985.


imran said...

Unlike former Sox pitching prospect Casey Fossum, Masterson seems like a big, power hurler...

...ah, but speaking of Mr. Fossum, the crafty lefty is doing quite well in his AAA starts, and stands a solid chance to be called up mid-season (esp. if Kenny Rogers really is finished for good).

Ben said...

Actually, Masterson's large stature belies his artistry as a sinker, slider, changeup pitcher.