I've always thought this myself. But I guess the downside would be you might end up warming him up much more often than the other way not knowing what rallies turn into legitimate needs for your best reliever and which ones end up getting snuffed out while he is warming up.
Its possible but Tony said the other day that that the top 6 are more of a en elite type prospect and the next group is in the very good range (I'm paraphrasing, it was something along those lines).
I think he sees more upside with Gunnar and Hall and I don't think Tony would trade either of them for Stowers.
But Tony did have Hall ranked lower than anyone did last year, so who knows. Of course, Mountcastle graduated and Kjerstad continue to be out. Only Cowser is new to that "top group".
Given this write up, I would love an OF of Hays, Mullins, Cowser in a couple years. We already have some power in the lineup with guys that are not great in the OBP department (Mountcastle) so evening that out with a strong hit tool and better OBP with mediocre power makes sense.
I'll use this post to make a "you heard it here first" post...
Tony will have Stowers above at least 1 of Hall and Henderson, and maybe both.
Stowers is a .260 -.280 hitter with massive power, high OBP, a great RF arm and very good range in the OF. He's essentially what we hope Kjerstad will be but with a higher k rate.
It's an impressive profile that Tony loves. We're all knocking him so much because of the k rate, but ignoring high bb rates, solid BA and great power. I think Tony thinks this kid is a stud to the point where I'm talking myself into Tony placing him here instead of 6 or 7. Plus he's done it through AAA. He's ready and will only be held back because of service time.