Originally Posted by M2
He barely pitched in AA - six starts, 36.1 IP. That's even less time than Homer Bailey got there - 13 starts, 68 IP. The point is to develop these kids, refine their game at each level as they mature, not advanced them until they fail.
Cueto didn't dominate in low A. Did he get better in AA? Of course he didn't. He got hot in AA and now he's in AAA before anyone could find out what happens when he cools down and/or the league catches up to him a bit.
Hopefully it's a spot start and he gets sent back to AA, but right now it looks like a repeat of the hyper promotional plan the Reds have forever applied to their better pitching prospects, the one that keeps failing in spectacular fashion.
It's shocking to see that. Listen to any interview by a Hall-of-Famer and they will tell you how there were always hurdles that they had to work through and overcome throughout their career, and it was always about learning how to do something that was baffling them. And these are Hall-of-Famers. How much more difficult must it be for just a guy who's an All-Star for several years, or a guy who starts every game for 10 years and makes one or two All-Star games, or a guy who starts every game for about 7 years, or a guy who starts for only 2 or 3 years or a guy who is a perennial platoon or utility guy.
Point being, is that there's never a rush to move a guy up a level as there are unending things to learn and 250 at-bats or 70 innings pitched of good results does not a promotion demand.
The physical and mental maturity is immense in itself, yet alone learning well at least 3 pitches for a pitcher.