Originally Posted by dougdirt
Because you don't bring up top prospects and play them 40% of the time. They were top prospects (in baseball mind you, not just your organization where top prospect doesn't always mean the same thing) for a reason. Teams just don't bring guys up who were top 10-15 prospects in all of baseball and regulate them to back-up roles. I mean I guess Ryan Howard did that, but let's be fair, Ryan Hanigan is no Jim Thome (who was smacking 40+ home runs with the Phillies). Is there another guy like that in the last 15 years who was as highly touted as Mesoraco at the time he was called up and then just sat 60% of the time from the start?
I went top 25 to find enough actual bats to form a sample size. About half of the prospective hitters were used less than full-time as prospects once they first made a big league roster.
Cameron Maybin-- Two years of part-time play before becoming a full-time starter
Brandon Wood-- Never became a full-time starter
Andy LaRoche-- Never became a full-time starter
Fernando Martinez-- Never became a full-time starter
Reid Brignac-- Part-time player for a year, then full-time for a short time.
Travis Snider-- Part-time player his entire career
Matt LaPorta-- Part-time his first year, then struggles as a platoon-player
Jordan Schaffer-- Part-timer
Pedro Alvarez-- Part-timer for two years before becoming a full-timer last year
Lars Andersen-- Part-timer
Giancarlo Stanton-- Part-timer his first year, then full-timer and All-Star after that.
Dom Brown-- Part-timer his entire career
Logan Morrison-- Part-timer his first year
Ryan Westmoreland-- Part-timer
Brett Wallace-- Part-timer
Lonne Chisenhall--Part-timer his first two years
Dee Gordon-- Part-timer his first two years.
Before that, it's even more apparent. Prospects almost always earn their playing time.