Re: Marc Katz: Stories of lol
Really, the question should be, what is best for each kid's development. It would have been great if Leake would have signed a month ago, spent some time in the GCL and developmental league showing he was ready for a full go on his minor league career, then hit Dayton for the end of the season, but the trend is certainly pointing towards more top end college players to wait as long as possible to sign. Aside from getting some spot action here or there w/ either the GCL reds or the High A club where Brox and Leake can be watched closer from the team's headquarters down in FL, neither should be throwing much this season.
So what is best for them? Alonso showed he was more than ready for High A ball, so sending him to Low A dayton would have been a waste of his time. I pray that Leake is at the same point or further next year where facing low A talent is a waste of his time such that he's not being challenged. Hopefully the same for Brox.
I wonder if he'll complain next year when Yorman shows up for a full season of minor league ball, perhaps Duran and/or Hamilton? I wonder how much of this is being feed down from the ownership of the Dragons? After having several seasons of "name" talent, or at least as "name" talent as you'd expect to get in Low A, perhaps they've grown weary of not having a household name to sell to their ticket holders. W/ GM and NCR pulling out, I wonder if there's any threat of not selling out next year? Is the season ticket base drowning out in the current economy and they want someone they can sell, rather than a handful of 4th & 5th round picks they hope can make the show one day, but no body has a real good feeling about currently as they await to see if that middle round pick putting up solid numbers is the next Chris Heisey or hopefully even an Albert Pujols, or is he just the next kid that's going to flame out before he crosses AA ball and quickly forgotten?