Re: 2012 Organizational Depth Chart
Sulbaran actually started in extended, but he really is the key to this because it was clear that he was moved up too quickly and they won't make the same mistake again. Johnson had a season in the GCL before he came to Dayton. Tuttle spent a year in the GCL and a year in Billings. Sisco stayed in extended. Cline mirrored Tuttle. But Sulbaran is the whole key because he was such a clear example of what not to do. He showed up totally, totally unprepared for what he was thrown into and he is just now overcoming it.
Everything I have heard about Stevenson is totally positive, even from some people who are traditionally tough to impress. I asked about his makeup and was told he is smart, works hard, is coachable, etc., "JUST LIKE JACOB JOHNSON." If you are comparing any player's makeup to Jacob Johnson, you are talking about the cream of the crop. Stuff wise, Stephenson is said to be outstanding, very much justifying the spot in the draft where he was taken.
All that being said, the same person who spoke glowingly of him also said he would get hammered in the Midwest League right now. You know about the pressures of pitching in Dayton. I have heard coaches talk about 19 year olds shaking on the mound. I have heard pitching coaches say they went back into the clubhouse and saw pitchers bawling their eyes out after getting hit for the first time in their lives.
Based on the Sulbaran experience, they want to see a guy earn his spot, learn that you have to work to move up, go through some days when you don't have your best stuff and be forced to battle through it, and do all of that before pitching in front of 8,500 fans every night at home.