Point well made, need at the next level is bad example of a reason to promote or not promote a player.
However, at the risk of turning this into "should Bruce be promoted", I don't necessarily agree that High A is the high minors. Lots of players will tear up the FSL and not AA or AAA. Which gets me back to my orginal point. Just because a player appears to tearing up one league still doesn't necessarily
mean that a quick promotion for that player is the best decision. IMO
Originally Posted by IslandRed
With respect to "needs at the next levels," to me, that's a consideration if and only if the level in question is the MLB club. It's nice to keep the affiliates happy by fielding competitive clubs, but the purpose of the farm system is to develop players for Cincinnati. I wouldn't care if Chattanooga had the worst outfield in professional baseball, it shouldn't be a factor in deciding whether Jay Bruce should be promoted. (If they had the best outfield, then you run into the "room at the next level" factor you mentioned, but an elite prospect rarely has to wait on another elite.)
Admittedly, it gets more complicated when it's the Reds that have the gaping black hole and the player is tearing up the high minors. But even then, "is he ready?" is a separate question from "do we need him?"
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