Originally Posted by Blitz Dorsey
And that does beg the question as to why the Astros would draft a kid in the 16th round out of high school and then put him right in low-A ball instead of rookie ball. Torrence was extremely overmatched last summer as his numbers indicate. He would have been the perfect candidate for rookie ball.
I mean, take a guy like Todd Frazier. The Reds draft him in the supplemental first round (basically a second round pick) out of college and where did they put him? High rookie Billings. He then earned his way to Dayton for a cup of coffee to end the season, but the point is here was this 21 year old man straight out of college as a high draft pick and the Reds put him in rookie ball. The Astros must have a screwed up farm system if they are putting 18-year-old, low draft picks in A ball right away.
Sometimes guys can make quick fixes to their games. Maybe he struggled so much because of a loopy swing or something and they have worked on that with him. While his numbers likely dictate rookie ball, numbers aren't everything in the minor leagues.
As for Todd Frazier's placement.... only the Reds would do such a thing like draft a polished college player and place him in rookie ball. Some teams would have put him in high A and started him in AA this year.