Originally Posted by Bumstead
Tom Browning won 20 games at age 25...Almost all "prospects" that are going to be anything more than bit players have at least one full season in by the time they are 25...to say that his age is not a factor is to ignore "prospects" throughout the history of baseball. Lilly had a full season + at age 25, Suppan at 22, Washburn 23, Dempster 22, Randy Wolf 22, Brian Moehler 25, all mediocre starters mostly LHP's...find a true "prospect" that has his first full season starting at age 26 or later (and is productive for 8 or so years) and you have indeed found the exception to the rule. To ignore his age is to be naive.
In general I take age into it.... but in most other organizations Maloney would have had plenty of MLB time already. The Reds system just presented itself with too many other options the last two seasons between Johnny Cueto/Homer Bailey that got the 'bring a rookie up' chances.