If I'm in his shoes (with no bonus and a terrible salary), the one thing that would help my confidence the most is being promoted to AA. I don't want to be 23 in A ball - especially if I have to support a family.
You know, I was just now finally wondering what the team would look like if we DID bring up 19-year-old Manny right now. The answer is, “oh my God it would be so much better.”
Glorious defense at third where we currently have calamity, consistent offense, Less stress on the left fielder, and probably better play from the other infielders because they don’t have to worry about the latest catastrophe over at third.
But AR isn’t as ready as Manny was, and although catcher is extremely important, I’m not sure a great catcher-and it remains to be seen whether AR would be as polished at the start as Manny was- would have as much impact as a generational third baseman did.
Sure, but he is 23, which is the league average but is old for an actual prospect at high-A and he leads the league in OPS. Of the other five 23-year-old players in the league with an OPS of .950+, three have already been promoted and a fourth, Matthew Barefoot, like Mundy, was promoted from low-A early in the season.
I'm not saying he needs to be promoted this week, but 23-year-olds who lead their high-A league in OPS shouldn't spend four months there either.
No way am I trading a young All Star CF for some prospects. To even consider the trade, I would want a premium top 25 prospect near major league ready. That prospect would head a package of 3 or 4 other prospects. Other teams wouldn't give up that package, so Mullins wouldn't be traded.