Ampontan wrote:Flanagan used to quote Weaver as saying that young pitching prospects will break your heart. I think of that sometimes in light of The Cavalry, all of whom have fallen off or have trouble staying on their horses.
This winter, when I was advocating that we add more experienced starters, I got a lot arguments that doing so would block the Cavalry. I said then, and I will say now, that the mortality rate with young pitching is horrible. For every two "can't miss" prospects, one usually does.
Looking at Tillman, Arrieta, Matusz, and Britton we'll probably see one above average ML starter, one impact late reliever, one middle or long reliever, and one DFA. Which one will be which is a dart throw on the board. If the results are better than that then we should consider ourselves lucky.
Look at Jason Hammel. He was a highly touted prospect in the Rays' system five years ago. They gave up on him and traded him to Colorado where he failed miserably until late last year when he started listening to all of that advice he had been ignoring for years. He admits this and is FINALLY an effective starting pitcher at the age of twenty nine
The DFA of Brad Bergesen is a strong message from the FO that a player will only be given so much rope. I like that approach and hope that our pitchers will respond.