I think the Reds need a better understanding of both the talent and mentality/maturity of the players in the minors. Some guys can blast through a system. Some can't. Cueto didn't NEED a full year at AAA. It might have helped him, and it might not.
LeCure spent two seasons at AA. Does he NEED a full year at AAA? maybe. He's a bit older, 24 right now so Maybe he doesn't need that full year. I bet he makes his big league debut next season at some point.
Really, it's case by case.
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I was very impressed with what Cueto did this year. But I wouldn't recommend doing that with every kid pitcher. I'm hoping they're patient with Homer and Thompson next season and let them develop on their own timeline.
Last edited by OnBaseMachine; 10-23-2008 at 01:37 PM.
I miss Adam Dunn.
Cueto dominated in the spring and sort of forced his way into the rotation. Then he had a fantastic first start. That's a lot of built up confidence to fall back on when you start to struggle. You're less likely to wonder whether you can cut it in the big leagues after a bad start when you open the season dominating people.
Of course that's all speculation. I don't have a clue what was going through his mind this season. Still, I wouldn't use his development as my model.
Last edited by kpresidente; 10-23-2008 at 03:24 PM.
Cueto's a freak. I thought the way the Reds handled him was pretty reckless, but he's so good that it didn't matter. I hope the Reds appropriately view him as the exception and not the rule.
There's about an hour and 20 minutes or so left of voting. I'm looking forward to seeing how the voting plays out in the next poll. Right now it's looking like it'll come down to Duran, Lotzkar, Valaika, Thompson, or Dorn. Francisco may sneak in there too. It really depends on how the people who voted for Stubbs will vote on the next poll. So far we're averaging 130 votes per poll so hopefully we can keep that up. I'd really like to do at least a top 30.
I miss Adam Dunn.