I think challenging players leads to faster improvement. Look at how hyped folks are about Gunnar. You think that would be the case if they hadn't thrown him in with more advanced players last year?
I think you can learn things in the majors that you can't learn in the minors.
Overcoming adversity builds strength.
I think Machado qualifies in the "elite' level prospect I mentioned earlier in the discussion. I'm sure he would have been fine with any approach.
Some turn out fine. Some don't. Some would have never made it no matter the approach.
I don't see anything wrong with letting most of the players spend some time in AAA if we are going to have an AAA team.
On the topic of rushing players, I think there may be a difference between position players and pitchers. I think it’s easier to mess up the development of a pitcher by moving him too fast than it is for a position player. Of course, every case has to be looked at individually. Clayton Kershaw doesn’t seem to have suffered from skipping AAA.
Hyde works for Elias so yea, he could have worked on it in the majors.
I haven't seen his usage numbers from 2019 and compared them to what he did previously. Did he throw more offspeed pitches? In different counts? Was his usage noticeably different?
Or was it just spin?