Re: Joel Hanrahan Anyone?
Originally Posted by cincinnati chili
Just to clarify, I haven't seen anything saying that he or Edwin Jackson have been injured.
I'm merely extrapolating that if a guy blows away Double-A, then goes to Las Vegas and gets shelled (and his ratios fall apart), then he goes back to Double-A and he sucks (and his ratios fall apart), I usually assume the guy is concealing an injury.
It's getting very trendy to say that pitching in the PCL (particularly in Las Vegas) is stunting the growth of LA's pitchers. Curiously, for years, the Dodgers cranked out great pitchers despite pitching Triple-A in the CoorsField-like confines of Albuquerque.
My theory is that either the Dodgers are not taking care of their young arms and/or this is the come uppance for overdrafting and putting a lot of faith in high school guys.
Great post. IMO, the Dodgers have become wildly overaggressive with their pitching development. They want to get everyone to the majors at age 22 and all of their arms wind up looking like washouts by age 24 (which is where the rational graduation point for a pitching prospect). My guess is what you'll see from that system is pitchers going from untouchables to relatively cheap pickups with most of the successes coming for the teams that get them in trade after the Dodgers lose interest.
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