Re: 2012 Organizational Depth Chart
All those guys you mentioned except Sulbaran (and Stephenson) had pro experience before coming to Dayton. Sulbaran did not, and when he got to Dayton, he was not prepared for the routine that goes with being a professional. When a prospect goes out and has a start in which he does not record a single out, and then comes back shortly thereafter and has another start when he can't get out of the first inning, as Sulbaran did in 2009, people start getting phone calls from people they don't want to get those kind of phone calls from. And they start trying to explain to the prospect, hey, you have to take your bullpen sessions seriously between starts, you have do your running to keep your legs strong, you have to get your head into the game at 7:00, not 7:20. And he does not care about any of that stuff because he struck out Pudge Rodriguez in the WBC on ESPN.
And when all that plays out, people look at each other and they say, "we will not make that mistake again."
Fortunately, Sulbaran was a great kid and he had family support and he was able to get through it without losing all his confidence, but it was not something that you want to see.
Things change daily in baseball, but I would bet anything that Stephenson will make some starts in Billings unless he absolutely outclasses the hitters in extended spring training in April and May.