In this article he discusses some of the best power hitters under the age of 25 and of course mentions Wily Mo. I have copied the Wily Mo part
The part that I don't understand is that he says that the fact that he wasn't playing regularly at a young age is the Reds fault and that the Red Sox are going to treat him better. First off, I am not sure how a contract that dictates him being on the major league roster at a young age, that he signed with the Yankees is the Reds fault. The second part, is I could see somewhat him blaming the Reds for not playing him enough last year when there was a perceived log jam in the OF. But to the say that the Red Sox are going to treat him better? Is this being disingenuous considering the Red Sox are going to mainly plattoon him against LHP? If he were to have stayed he would have develop more by playing everyday, but now it seems like a step backward, back to two years ago. How does this help him develop? What am I not seeing here?Wily Mo Pena, 24, Boston Red Sox
Pena made his big-league debut at age 20 in 2002, and it seems like he's been around forever because of former Cincy GM Jim Bowden's hot air. But, hype aside, Pena has real power and appears to be coming into his own with 45 home runs in 647 at-bats the past two seasons. The right-handed slugger's career numbers don't look great (.248 BA, .477 slugging, 102 adjusted OPS), primarily because his development was retarded by spending too much time on the big club at a young age and not playing regularly.
One scout said that Pena was "a crude and unrefined talent" -- which is the Reds' fault -- but that "his tools are plentiful. His best days are ahead even though his instincts are questionable." The Red Sox understand what a special talent they have acquired, and Pena's future will not be treated cavalierly in Beantown as it was in the Queen City.