Re: Players who could skip a level
Yes, he fits, but it is going to be pretty hard to send him back to Double-A after the season he had. They may do it anyway. Six year free agents are a different situation in that it can be made clear to the player during the negotiating process what the plan is. I spent a lot of years working at the Double-A level and unhappy players there seldom play productively. They signed some players last season to fill that role. David Cook was an example. He had hit 25 HR in the same league in '09 but he did not provide that kind of production. Sometimes those players in that age range (26-28) start seeing a drop in performance.
I am higher on Richburg than most but that team is going to need a couple vets who can beef up the lineup. The talent void in the system that has slowly made its way upward is going to leave some holes for a year or so until the best of the '11 Dayton players get there.