Originally Posted by GAC
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?
Interestingly, Homer Bailey is EXACTLY
the cookie cutter mold pitcher the Braves have been known to draft. They go for a tall, lanky righthander-right out of high school-who can throw hard and throw a decent curveball. And you are correct. The guy will spend five years meandering through their farm system before he ever sees the light of day in Atlanta.
To me, on the issue of development, I think the first need is to identify those skills that can be taught versus the skills that are solely "God-given" abilities. A guy who throws 98 mph fastballs has a God-given ability that a guy who throws 88 mph fastballs does not. However, good development looks at the 88 mph guy and sees a mechanical flaw that, if corrected, could make the 88 mph guy throw 90-91 mph.
There are a number of skills I see as subjective and influenced by good coaching. Things like fielding, range, and base-stealing - how much is ability and how much is taught?