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AAAA Players

AAAA Players

PostPost #1 by 2131andBeyond » September 5th, 2010, 1:14 am

What is your opinion on AAAA players? Should they be treated equally, as in, looked at as perspective players to bring up? Or should they just be seen as filler guys down in the minors?

Scott Moore, who most consider to be AAAA, came up earlier this season and was decent. Guys like Michael Aubrey Dennis Sarfate are still being given looks, but are both older and no longer prospects.

What do you guys think?
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Re: AAAA Players

PostPost #2 by BuckMagic » September 6th, 2010, 11:43 am

2131andBeyond wrote:What is your opinion on AAAA players? Should they be treated equally, as in, looked at as perspective players to bring up? Or should they just be seen as filler guys down in the minors?

Scott Moore, who most consider to be AAAA, came up earlier this season and was decent. Guys like Michael Aubrey Dennis Sarfate are still being given looks, but are both older and no longer prospects.

What do you guys think?


An AAAA guy is a filler in the minors that is brought up only when a major league player is injured. Some deserve a chance more than others, such as Michael Aubrey like you mentioned. Guys like Sarfate have already failed in their big league stints.
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Re: AAAA Players

PostPost #3 by Jordan Tuwiner » September 6th, 2010, 8:39 pm

BuckMagic wrote:An AAAA guy is a filler in the minors that is brought up only when a major league player is injured. Some deserve a chance more than others, such as Michael Aubrey like you mentioned. Guys like Sarfate have already failed in their big league stints.


There are definite AAAA guys and AAAA guys that can be serviceable big league players when necessary. Guys like Scott Moore and Dennis Sarfate could probably come up and be average big leaguers. Rhyne Hughes and Alberto Castillo...I don't think so. Hughes and Castillo are very good Triple-A ball players but their game does not translate well in the majors.

Moore provides extra value because he can play any infield position, and a good number of AAA reliever could become average big league relievers, they just aren't given the opportunity.
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Re: AAAA Players

PostPost #4 by 2131andBeyond » September 6th, 2010, 11:48 pm

Jordan wrote:
BuckMagic wrote:An AAAA guy is a filler in the minors that is brought up only when a major league player is injured. Some deserve a chance more than others, such as Michael Aubrey like you mentioned. Guys like Sarfate have already failed in their big league stints.


There are definite AAAA guys and AAAA guys that can be serviceable big league players when necessary. Guys like Scott Moore and Dennis Sarfate could probably come up and be average big leaguers. Rhyne Hughes and Alberto Castillo...I don't think so. Hughes and Castillo are very good Triple-A ball players but their game does not translate well in the majors.

Moore provides extra value because he can play any infield position, and a good number of AAA reliever could become average big league relievers, they just aren't given the opportunity.



Sarfate, in my opinion, has never been given enough opportunities for the team to totally judge him. Yet that may be my biased view. Either way, he's been alright in Norfolk, and I believe should be given a chance on the roster for the month. I know Buck wants to win, and even using him like Mata and Gabino in filler roles would be good to see. Though they did bring up Viola for the month to test him out in that kind of spot I'm assuming. Couldn't hurt though.

Moore is an awesome guy as well, and was looking smoother and better in the field as time went by. Definitely a guy to hang on to.
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Re: AAAA Players

PostPost #5 by allstar1579 » September 7th, 2010, 9:08 am

The real question is how to separate the actual AAAA players, who by definition are never going to produce in the majors, but will produce well in AAA, from the guys that are just slow to adapt in the ML. That is one of the hardest parts of being a GM figuring out when to push them, when to sit them and when to send them back down.

We have had a ton of AAAA players in recent years that people want to really think the best of and think that maybe this time with the right amount of patience they will break through. It's really just a by-product of us being so bad for so long with no real end in sight. We are hoping for a miracle, one of those guys that comes out of nowhere like Pujols, to save our franchise. It doesn't happen often.

BP guys are more odd since they are only used an inning at a time, a lot of them can be serviceable in the ML when on other teams they would be stuck in AAA. A guy like Mickolio you can find enough reasoning between injuries and youth that maybe he needs another shot, whereas a guy like Sarfate you have to worry is he throwing it by people in AAA who can't hit FB that hard, but in the ML EVERYONE can hit a 96mph FB if it's straight. You kinda have to treat the BP like interchangeable parts, if one doesn't work well, send him down and pick up another one, guys like Tanaka, Egan, Pelzer etc. are down there waiting for a shot and can probably do just as well.
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