Originally Posted by redsmetz
So I'm guessing folks agree that the gap is wider today than in the past? That it's a bigger stretch for players to do well at the ML than at AAA? Or have I misunderstood Marty?
Talent and Potential is what I think he's referring to. It used to be that the vets would hold the AAA guys down longer, there used to be more talent in baseball as a whole and that bled into the minors, that also was enriched by the lack of other sports avenues and MLB teams, thus the AAA was more elite. Now a days the fringe MLB player is usually seasoned in AA, and makes the jump to the bigs more often then not without getting too many AB's in AAA. This makes AAA ball more of a holding station for guys that can be used as 2 week replacements or something of that ilk. You might see better pitchers in AAA ball, but most teams don't have a ton of position prospects at that level anymore.
AA is kinda like the Contential Basketball League, there's talent there, but when compared to MLB it's a wide gap.