Making young MLB-ready arms "prove" they are MLB worthy in AAA is stupid, is what it is. The only way you can prove that is in the majors and even then you have a learning curve. But you can't ignore that MLB learning curve by "more seasoning" in Tacoma. It exists whether you are 21 or 25.
I may not always be consistent, but there is one thing I do throw out there all the time: Precocious/prodigious talent should rise to the MLB level quickly, based on the talent alone. Bryce Harper hit .243 with one HR in his AAA 21-game experience. That didn't stop the Nats from doing the very right thing and saying, "Here you go Mick...er...kid. CF is yours. Enjoy the next 16 years!"
With Paxton and Walker I don't even thing you take into account the extra arb year. Bring em up out of ST. AT the end of year #2, sign them LT.
Are there really people who think we need more Joe Saunders until the young guys are really "ready?"
- Tweak their deliveries.
- Make them prove that they can walk fewer than 2.0 men per game before they go to the rotation.
- Make them pitch with a Moyer-esque knowledge of the hitters' weaknesses.
- React to two Paxton wild starts with panic.
- etc. etc.
- Leave them alone and let them pitch, even if that means two seasons of spotty results.
Seasoning is important for many, if not most players, but upper echelon talent demands the big stage to thrive, even if the results lag for a year or two. In the case of a pitcher, three or four years, or more.
Dr, I have been drowning in stupidity today so a ray of brilliance is very welcomed! Balance is a key, isn't it? Why is it so rare?
If we do not win NOW, I will never go to another game and demand that they fire everyone and I will demand on every web site that everyone get traded and benched and I will bitch and moan and complain until everyone is as miserable I I hope to be when I am proven right.... Ok I am better now.