Justin Daniel Masterson is a Jamaican-born American professional baseball starting pitcher in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Drafted by the Red Sox in the round of the 2006 MLB draft from San Diego State University. Masterson has also played in MLB for the Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals, known for primarily throwing a sinking fastball, the right-hander stands 66 tall, and weighs 250 lb. He was the first Red Sox pitcher since Fenway Parks 1912 opening to make his first four consecutive starts there, Masterson was born in Kingston, Jamaica, where his father served as Dean of Students at the Jamaica Theological Seminary. A few years later, Masterson moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana and he attended Beavercreek High School in Beavercreek, Ohio where he first played basketball and baseball as a catcher, pitcher, and first baseman. His mother works as a teacher and his father is a pastor, Masterson attended Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana, where he played as a starting pitcher. While at Bethel, he hit 10 home runs during his sophomore year and he then attended San Diego State University. As a relief pitcher, in the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2005, Baseball America rated Masterson as the 64th-best overall prospect for their 2006 Major League Baseball draft projections. The Boston Red Sox selected him in the second round, Masterson began as both a starter and reliever in his minor league career for the Lowell Spinners. In 2007, his season, the club promoted him from the Class A Lancaster JetHawks to the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. His twelve wins that season ranked second among all Red Sox minor leaguers, after joining the Sea Dogs, Masterson said, Ive had the confidence to be a great pitcher all along. I went to a school and really proved that I had the ability to pitch. In 2006, Masterson was named to Baseball Americas short season all-star team, Masterson converted to starting pitching in early 2007, after a stint as a relief pitcher for Short Season Lowell in 2006. The Red Sox invited Masterson to spring training before the 2008 season, on April 24, he made his Major League debut against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in an emergency call-up start. He pitched six innings and allowed one run. The Red Sox immediately sent him back to Portland following the game. The next month, on May 20, he made his appearance, pitching 6 1⁄3 innings. After five starts with the club, it was announced that he would stay in the majors through Daisuke Matsuzakas return from the disabled list due to Bartolo Colóns back injury
Masterson with the St. Louis Cardinals
Masterson during his first tenure with the Boston Red Sox in 2008.