Originally Posted by Benihana
And what rules are those? In the last 10 years, there have been 17 catchers selected in the first/sandwich round. Do you know how many of those catchers repeated rookie league (including advanced rookie league) in their second professional season? Zero.
Of those 17 catchers selected in the first round, do you know how many earned more than a cup of coffee in the big leagues? Two (Joe Mauer and Jarrod Saltalamacchia)
So I ask you again, please tell me what rules you are referring to? If Mesoraco remains in Rookie ball all season long, and doesn't improve his hitting dramatically, his outlook will be pretty grim.
Just playing devil's advocate here as I don't have anything to back up my thought except some degree of logic. But I wonder how many of those 1st rd catcher's were rushed and that had as much or more to do with their demise? I mean perhaps f.o.'s ought to change their approach regarding the handling of certain players, mainly 1st rounders. There is a ton of pressure on these kids already and perhaps this is exactly the wrong approach in terms of getting the best out of your investment.
I mean it may seem a tad unlikely but it could make all the difference to a kid that young and far away from home. And with an already high profile amongst his peers, to have that added pressure of performing to the tune of a different standard could be too much.