Two evenings after succumbing to the Rodney Dangerfield of failed 1999 first round draft picks (Kyle Snyder, who Over the Monster notes was sent back to Pawtucket despite shutting down the Nats on Monday night), the Nats face the genuine article tonight . . . well, either the genuine article or a 2010 version of Kyle Snyder, at any rate.
Jon Lester rated as Boston's No. 2 prospect heading into this season, according to Baseball America. His minor league line through 2005 (excluding two brief, one-start stints):
YR/LVL IP HR/9 K/BB ERA 03/A 106 0.59 71/44 3.65 04/A+ 90 0.20 97/37 4.28 05/AA 148 0.61 163/57 2.61
In two starts upon receiving the call to Boston (he had a 2.70 ERA with a 43/25 K/BB at Pawtucket), Lester is 1-0 with a 3.48 ERA in 10.2 innings. He has surrendered 10 hits, no homers, and seven walks, while striking out nine batters.
His BA scouting report, in relevant part:
In other Red Sox pitching prospect news, former prospect Paxton Crawford admitted to juicing; apparently, he's just a country boy who didn't know better. In other lefty starter prospect news, Mike Hinckley (who is perilously close to losing his prospect status) was named Carolina League pitcher of the week.