Originally Posted by Brutus
If anything, that is a point in favor rather than a point against.
Younger guys' bodies are less fragile than older players. I'm sure you felt better when you were 20 than you do now, right? The bones and muscles are much more durable at a younger age.
I don't see age as having much to do with it. You could certainly argue that young players not be stretched out too quickly relative to what they're used to pitching, but Dusty only used him in 2003 about 10 innings more than Prior was used in 2002 between Chicago and the minors. So if he were overused as a rookie, that is an organizational problem, not a Dusty problem.
Prior threw 167 innings in 2002. He threw 231 in 2003.
We just don't see young pitchers making that kind of jump anymore. Every team now believes that is far too much of a jump for an arm that young. And yeah, it is an organizational problem as well as a manager problem. There are multiple examples of Prior going out and throwing 15-20 extra pitches in blow out games down the stretch. That is entirely on the manager.