Re: Phillip Ervin 1st Pro Homer
Originally Posted by RedEye
Really? That's not what I thought, obviously. Now that I think about it a bit, I think three years would probably about the latest you could stretch the word "quickly" in this context. After that, there's pretty much no way to argue that Ervin is being moved through the system as a priority. Obviously, his performance at each level will have something to say about that, too.
Seems to me, though, that when they draft college OF, the Reds are often pretty sure about the tools and how the will play in the majors. Stubbs, for example, never really did much in the minors, but had a few skills that they new would play, so they kept on promoting him anyway.
He's in Billings now. Counting the Reds, that's 6 levels. Moving through 6 levels in three years seems pretty fast to me.
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