Originally Posted by RED VAN HOT
Some observations and questions for those closer to the game. After subtracting 60 Day DL, I get the following makeup of the Billings and AZL rosters.
AZL: 17 Pitchers and 20 Position players (including 5 catchers)
BILL: 20 Pitchers and 15 Position players
and...there are several more signings yet to come.
That seems like a lot of pitchers to develop over a short season...not many innings to go around. Ditto for the position players at AZL. Does this reflect a shift in strategy toward developing more pitchers, more cautiously with fewer game innings pitched and more side sessions to work on mechanics? They are carrying extra catchers that could accommodate such an approach in the AZL. 2012 draft picks at Billings are likely to see limited innings so I would expect a core group to get the majority of innings.
That's an interesting observation. If, indeed, it's a dedicated plan to allow for development, I'm impressed with the organization's foresight. I've long thought that it makes sense to draft and sign pitchers disproportionately because of 1) the attrition rate, and 2) the trade value, but this would be yet another reason--to allow guys to work on their skills without the complication of ballgames to pitch. The (very) early indication is that it seems to have worked for Stephenson.