Originally Posted by dougdirt
It was last year and relievers, no matter how good, aren't all that valuable compared to good starters. Give me a solid #3/4 starter every day of the week over a dominant closer.
Yeah, there is a reason minor leaguers are made into relievers -- they are not considered good enough prospects to be starters.
Relievers pitch about 45 innings per season on average. Starters pitch 200 innings.
You want your best pitchers throwing the most innings or to phrase it differently, you want most of your team's innings to be pitched by your best pitchers.
That is why your best pitchers are starters and your second-rate pitchers are relievers.
There are exceptions (guys coming off surgery, high-effort blasters that can't hold up for multiple innings), but that is the general rule.
A lot of guys that were starters in the minors become relievers in the majors because they aren't as good as the major league starting staff. But if a guy is made into a reliever in the low minors it is almost always because he is not considered a quality prospect.