BIGGEST SURPRISE: Chris Capuano
Capuano was sitting at home in Arizona, unsigned, when spring training began. But when Ryan Dempster announced he wouldn't be pitching this year, Capuano was signed for $2 million, with an eye toward having him provide rotation depth.
In the meantime, Capuano has become a very valuable bullpen piece for the Sox. He was unscored upon in his first 15 innings, going the entire month of May without allowing a run. He then hit a rough patch, allowing seven hits and six runs -- five earned - over his next four appearances. He's since gotten back on track, however, with two more scoreless outings.
For the season, Capuano has a 2.21 ERA and has earned the trust of manager John Farrell and pitching coach Juan Nieves. Once seen as a middle relief option, he's been getting more and more high leverage opportunities.
All in all, pretty good for someone who had made only 29 bullpen appearances in his career before this year.