Originally Posted by 11larkin11
O'Rear could still be pretty raw. IIRC, didn't he play basketball at NIU? Didn't spend all his time on baseball.
That's true. He was a tough guy to sign, too, so I'm wondering if there was some verbal agreement that he would be given a shot to start. Besides, there's a lot of money invested in him, so you want to give him as much experience as possible before you make the decision of whether to keep him or not. People's jobs go on the line when stuff like this happens.