Originally Posted by M2
My pet development theory is not rushing pitchers. It's real simple to show why. Go back over the past 10 years and look at how pitchers perform by age, break it down into one year slices. Year-in, year-out you'll notice starting pitchers at ages 20, 21 and 22 get ripped. All of them are supposed to be prodigies at those ages, but they collectively stink every year. It starts to get better at age 23 and turns the corner in the mid 20s. So what's the rush with a kid arm? It's helping no one to elevate a kid to the majors and have him get his clock cleaned.
My sentiment exactly. I'm really not looking for or expecting any great "breakthough" with Bailey this year, who turns 22 next May.
Isn't it the Braves organization that drafts young arms and starts them at the bottom tier regardless, doesn't rush them, nor allow them to jump levels?
To those that follow the draft far more closely then I - do the Reds draft many college level pitchers?