Originally Posted by M2
Even with shared scouting reports, it takes a while for a league to get a good book on a player. In particular, they might not overly worried about a guy who was struggling a level lower when he first shows up.
I'd worry more about the level jump if it was A to AA, but the FSL is still going to heavy with fastball pitchers with spottier off-speed offerings. For a guy who played major college baseball, what he sees there shouldn't be startling.
I'm not really worried if he does worse. What do you lose if he flops? He's already flopping. My concern is that if he figures it out a bit in Dayton, you don't gain anything. I'm not sure it moves the perceptual chains to give him some trade value. If he moves up a level and plays well there, that could resurrect his prospect status.
Another year like 2007 to date and he's in Szymanskiville. I'm not as concerned about Stubbs' develpment right now as I am in potentially getting some value from the #8 pick in the 2006 draft.
This is exactly the Machiavellian exploitation of the farm we need that we've not seen in some time. It's time this organization got wise and started the squeeze some rancid juice from its frost-stung fruit.