And I never meant to imply that they were comparable to Greinke. I only meant what I said - that I'd prefer an inexperienced hard-thrower like Strider to an experienced player who can't get people out.
Though I think he starts a Aberdeen I think he could move up fast. Maybe after two months. I expect Cowser to add muscle to his frame this off season. I don't think age has much to do with it. He will play next season at 22. And he could end the season at AAA.
Both got through this season. That's a big step. Now they can work on strength and conditioning and prepare normally (and strategically) for the season. I think you find the role these guys can have success with and you build onto it over time.
I still think they're both a full healthy season away from taking off the kid gloves and let them really push things.
I think it’s the right move. He excelled in this role until late in the season. They tried to force Lopez into being a SP for so long until they finally realized what he does best. But, that may have been more out of necessity.
I think he starts at Aberdeen as well but that's a poor move. He has no business being in A ball at his age if he is as advanced as they have let us to believe. He's going to go to Aberdeen and struggle to hit for power and have a good BA and OBP. He will basically be the same player we saw in Delmarva playing against similar competition (i.e., the guys he faced in low A will not be in high A). Just put him in Bowie and let him go. Keep him there for the first half of the season and see what happens next.