I'd send Alonso to Hawaii this winter, then start him in Sarasota. If he hits, move him to AA earlyish next year. Like Valaika.Yonder Alonso too?
"Baseball is a very, very complex business. It's more of a people business than most businesses." - Bob Castellini
But once a player like Stubbs shows he can handle AA, it's not that much of a leap to move him to AAA. He'll face craftier pitchers, for sure, some major league veterans, more breaking pitches. But there's a high talent level at AA as well.
The only issue is whether Stubbs' AA success was a mirage, a produce of small sample size. We will see, but I do like Jocketty's willingness to move position players up aggressively.
Last edited by BuckeyeRedleg; 08-13-2008 at 11:48 AM.