Originally Posted by dougdirt
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.
I was apparently looking at both Prior's combined minor league totals as well as his individual stops, which doubled his minor totals.
Regardless, he had only 49 additional innings from 2002 to 2003 in the regular season. That's not really that outrageous a jump. There are still times when teams allow that sort of jump.
Like I've said before, 30 innings is more of a fictional creation of Tom Verducci than any Biblical standard used by MLB teams.