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?
Catchers on winning teams are a completely different animal. Those situations does not translate across to other ones as easily.
But look at the 1997 NYY for a pretty good comparison. Though Posada didn't have the ranking that Mes does, he is/was still a pretty good catcher in his own right. And Girardi wasn't exactly crushing it in the Bronx.