Everything fell apart for Britton in 2011, as he had an abysmal 1-13 record and a 6.91 ERA. Still, the Boston Red Sox regarded him highly enough that they added him to their 40-man roster after the season, protecting him from the Rule 5 Draft.
Much has been made of young Boston Red Sox pitchers Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa and Matt Barnes, but it’s important not to forget left-handed starter prospect Drake Britton, who could also be the real deal.
On numbers alone, Britton may not appear to be a top prospect. The 23-year-old has a career record of 11-30 with a 4.68 ERA in five minor league seasons. However, that’s not a fair or complete analysis of his talent and potential.
After graduating from high school, the heavily recruited Britton was slated to attend Texas A&M University on scholarship, according to the Maine Sunday Telegram’sKevin Thomas. The Red Sox swooped in and selected him in the 23rd round of the 2007 draft, convincing him to go pro with a $700,000 signing bonus.