Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
I liked Shafer, but his continued tenure in Chattanooga in the face of overwhelming bullpen issues at the big league level seems now, in hindsight, like a clear indicator that the Reds wanted to move him.
Same situation as Zach Ward, I imagine -- a player destined as trade bait left to dominate a level in the hopes of improving his value.
Maybe I'm misreading things, though.
Actually, I think you're seeing things quite clearly. Krivsky's scouts didn't like Shafer for some reason, so the team let him dominate at a low level, built his trade value, and then shipped him out.