Nieves and Farrell look at Doubront as a largely unfinished product. There is a lot there to work with and a lot to be done.
“There’s work to be done to strive for consistency, whether it’s game-to-game or inning-to-inning or finishing off hitters in a more efficient manner,” Farrell said. “That’s not because of a lack of attempt or trying. It’s just his further maturing as a pitcher.”
Red Sox senior adviser Bill James, in his projections for the season, sees Doubront with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. If those are accurate, or even close to it, Doubront will be more than a rough talent; he will be a starter the Red Sox can build around.
“I have to put more focus on working hard and being here for a long time,” said Doubront. “Even my mother has talked about that. I have to put more emphasis on that in the offseason, too. I need to come here ready to pitch. It’s easy to do.
“I look at the guys who are in the rotation. Those four starters, they’ve earned my respect. I look to follow them. If I learn from them now when I’m 25, when I’m 35, I’ll still be pitching in the big leagues.”