Well, I think Zimmermann is back in play(haha pun).
I think the powers have already decided what they expect, they decided what they want, and they’re waiting to see if anybody forces a change in plans.
World Series favorites from 1-30. "We" rank 'em
Generic "We." Different byline for each team...
Anyways... On the O's:
Don't know who Leitch is but a pretty fair assessment imo. The bolded is the best part to me.
And... WE'RE NOT THE WORST!
I've heard that "school of thought" for many years. I'm sure it has worked for many of the most elite prospects, but I think most could use that year of seasoning, even against the 4A types.
I think the fact we aren't that good makes it even more reasonable to spend some time in AAA. If we aren't going to win anything, why would you take any chance on rushing a prospect when there is absolutely no reason to do so.
When you say “common,” what do you mean? I recently did a thread about 21 players who debuted in 2013 to see if their service time had been manipulated. All of those were decent or better players who have accrued at least 5 rWAR in their career. Of the 21, six jumped from AA to the majors, 15 did not. I don’t know, but I’m guessing that’s a pretty typical ratio among good prospects. Of course, some guys debut from AA, get sent down after a time and then go to AAA later. And on the other hand, a good number have a very brief AAA stay before graduating to the majors.