Originally Posted by nate
Mackowiak is one of the three.
Maybe Stubbs got the call because he's older. Maybe Walt wants to how Stubbs fares against a higher level and figures he has time with Henry.
It's not just about who's playing better.
The 1st statement: I was afraid you were going to say that.
The second statement: Really couldn't be any other reason. I'm sure Walt knows the history of players who've succeeded going from High A to AAA with only 100 AB's in-between without having lit it up during those 100 AB's.
The third statement: Who's playing better is only part of it at any time, as you say. But, with legitimate prospects building and keeping their confidence is always something to be aware of. Let a guy lose his confidence and you might have lost yourself a prospect.
This can work in a backwards sort of way. Scenario: Stubbs plays poorly. He's sent back to AA next season to start next season. But, because he only had 3 weeks in AAA and maybe some playoff experience extending it to 4 or more weeks, he looks at it as a small sample and doesn't let his poor effort get him down. He gets back on track where he left off at AA, taking the extra experience that he was given in August/September of 2008 and uses it as a motivator to do what it takes to get himself back up in AAA, but this time to stay.