Old Sneakers wrote:I've thought for sometime now that between Bowie and Baltimore there is a chasm named Norfolk. I won't say the staff there doesn't work very hard at giving good instruction. However, young arms do seem somewhat unprepared when they get to Baltimore and the adjustment(s) period is far too long.
First, I want to say that IMO it’s not fair to blame the staff at Norfolk for the train wreck that has been our pitching prospects because we didn’t have a legitimate player development system until DD came aboard after the 2011 season; so, it’s really not fair to judge the current crop of SP failures by the current system.Kevin Gausman
didn’t have a single inning of time at AAA before he was rushed to Baltimore this year, and had only accumulated a total of 61.1 total professional innings before he threw his first ML pitch. Now he’s back at AAA trying to learn how to get ML hitters out.
Of the pre DD period Brian Matusz
had 113 minor league innings in 2009 of which only 46.1 were at AA. He didn’t see AAA until 2011, after he had crashed and burned.Jake Arrieta
had a total of 164.2 innings at AAA before he was promoted in 2010. After he crashed and burned at the ML level he went back to AAA and was never the same.Zach Britton
had a total of 66.1 innings at AAA before he was promoted to Baltimore out of Spring Training in 2011.Chris Tillman
had a total of 96.2 innings at Norfolk in 2009 before he was promoted. His next 200 or so innings at AAA during the 2010 and 2011 season showed a steady decline in results and it wasn’t until Rick Peterson and Mike Griffin went to work on him last year that he finally started to figure things out. From “The Calvary” he’s the only one that has been able to recover from being rushed and make an extended ML impact so far.