In response to georom4's comment:
Fenway - the home of the 27 year old rookie
how about just picking your best players who give you the best chance to win...
control smontrol Roy....
I agree with this notion. This whole debate comes down to how much people weight Spring Training results vs. Entire-Body-of-Work. For myself, I do not discount ST, but I certainly have seen enough abberations in either directions to know that ST performance is not a very reliable source for predicting performance. I think the proper approach is to weeight a good or bad ST with a players' overall output.
I am extremely excited about Bradley, and Bradley's camp has only heightened my excitement. But, I temper my enthusiasm with the knowledge that he struggled in adapting to the AA level last season. Now, could it be that he a kid with that much talent and awesome approach put in unreal work over the winter and morphed into a major league stud? Yes. I grant that, at this juncture, that looks like a distinct possibility. An equal possibility is that he is doing what many kids do: locked-in from working all winter, feasting on pitchers working the kinks out. First step, lets see if he keeps up this level of performance for a little while in AAA to start the season. Find out if his hot camp was smoke and mirrors or the real deal. Then, call him up if he is still showing readiness. What is the harm in that?
I understand the enthusiasm. I am feeling it too. But, assuming that Player With The Most Potential equals Player Who Give Sox Best Chance To Win is a big assumption.
People keep bringing up Mike Trout. Mike Trout freakin' raked in his brief tenure in the minors. Yeah, the Angels should have had him on the roster at the start of last season. But that is a no-brainer. Not only did he have a good camp in 2012, in 2011 he had 400+ ABs in AA and had a freakin' .958 OPS. Apples and oranges.