Originally Posted by savafan
Taking a relief pitcher in the first round of the draft was a foolish thing to do. I said that then, and I say that now.
To take that one step further, bringing him to the majors the same year he was drafted was a big mistake. Sure he was great in the beginning, but once he started getting hit hard, you could see him loose confidence. Injuries just compound the problem. You cannot throw a young guy in the heat of battle like that. That is just a case of what were they thinking. If we learned one thing from the Bowden era, it is that JimBo really doesn't care about the future unless the future involves "5-tool players." Get Wagners confidence back, you could have a good pitcher. That is easier said than done though.