A_K wrote:Worth keeping in mind that he's 26 years old. While he's new to the system, he's old for his level and will be in his physical prime next year. Unlike most prospects, it actually makes sense to aggressively promote him, so long as he's holding his own.
IMO there's a big difference between promoting him to Norfolk and bringing him to Baltimore. Kubatko and Melewski have both reported that the team feels that he's not ready in his defense or base running skills. What kind of message would it send to him and all of our other prospects if we promoted someone that we have been telling is NOT ready. I can live with the production we're currently getting from DH. What I can't live with is rushing another prospect where's there's no valid reason to do so.
A_K wrote:But there is a valid reason in this case. He's 26 years old.
ofahn wrote:I would promote him to AAA, but I would wait until he's completely ready before I would show him Baltimore.
OriolesRedskins28 wrote:even taking into consideration that Reimold and Betemit will be back at some point
Jordan Tuwiner wrote:I know the numbers are good, but I don't think people should get too hyped up about Urrutia. He was thought of as a fringe starter, most likely a 4th OF when he was signed. He's average all around.
Not saying he can't contribute, but this guy is not a star.
A_K wrote:In short: he is fundamentally different than every draft pick matriculating through the system, and so should be handled differently.
I understand your thesis, but I don't understand the underlying logic. If he's not ready to be a complete player how is accelerating his arrival in Baltimore going to change that?
Are you saying that you think we should intensify his training and the attention he receives from the instructional staff>?
A_K wrote:I'm saying there's no concern about "ruining him" through rushing him to the show. The moment he reaches the point-- assuming he every does-- that he provides more value for the big league team at any position (DH, 4th OFer, pinch runner, anything) than whoever is currently doing that job, he should be promoted. If he never reaches that point, that's fine. He's not a great prospect in the first place. But if he ever reaches the point that he is a better option for even a part-time role than one of our regulars, he should be promoted.
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