ofahn wrote:It's tough to predict young pitchers because they often suddenly "get it" and they improve dramatically as their talent is no longer restrained by their ignorance. This is clearly a development issue. Something we haven't excelled in for a LOOONNNNGGGG time.
In fact, I think the last impact pitcher we developed in our farm system that reached his full potential in the majors was Mike Mussina.
TuckerBlair89 wrote:I would argue that Bedard reached his full potential. He was one of the most dominant pitchers in the league when we traded him.
Zach wrote:While I agree that projections are a very inexact science two stuck out to me. Britton was given a significantly lower projection than any other starter and Strop had the lowest on the team. If these turn out to be accurate that is slightly reassuring about the direction of this organization
ofahn wrote:The reason I didn't consider Bedard was that he was a six inning pitcher. IMO he should have never been allowed to reach the majors without being taught how to finish a game. His stuff was a 20 game winner. His heart wasn't. To me that's another developmental failure.
CSPitt17130 wrote:ofahn wrote:The reason I didn't consider Bedard was that he was a six inning pitcher. IMO he should have never been allowed to reach the majors without being taught how to finish a game. His stuff was a 20 game winner. His heart wasn't. To me that's another developmental failure.
He was striking out 11 guys per 9 innings and still managed to average 6.5 innings per start. He led the league in xFIP and K/9 the year before he was traded. How good would the Orioles staff be if all of their pitching prospects had failed developments like that? If Bedard wasn't/isn't passionate about baseball, no one can make him change how he feels about it.
The point I was trying to make is that he DID NOT LIVE UP TO HIS POTENTIAL. You can argue that a lack of heart was a scouting failure but we have these kids for between three and four years in our farm system. That is more than enough time to explain that the acceptable standard is that they do everything within their power to help the team, and if they have a problem with that then their arrival in the majors will be a year or two longer than they were expecting.
I don't see any player as more important than the organization. Let's suppose, for argument's sake, that Manny Machado decided that his talent did require him to hustle on ground balls or advance a runner by hitting to the right side of the infield. If I were running the system I would have the coaches talk with him as much as necessary until he saw the light. If that didn't work I would bring in an outsider or two that he might listen too. If that didn't work I would make him play an extra year at AA and then at AAA until he got the message. If all of that failed then I would trade him. HE WOULD NEVER PLAY A ML GAME FOR ME UNLESS HE WAS GIVING ME HIS VERY BEST ON EVERY PLAY.
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