Re: On the farm 8/8/14
posted at 8/9/2014 10:34 AM EDT
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
In response to crazy-world-of-troybrown's comment:
Rodriguez, was dealing with a lot of things this year, after his call up to Double AA. His wife was having a baby, they just got married, a lot for a 21 year old to go through. Besides, trying to stay focus on Pitching. The couple had the baby, and he can now move forward on Pitching.
He's 21, so they are going to keep an eye on his Pitch count. 6 innings is what I expect from a kid his age, or no more than 100 pitches, if that.
With Minor League Pitchers, I look at BB's, and hits allowed, K's are nice, but control is the secret to Pitching. He allowed 3 hits and walked 3, could be the Umpire had a tight Strike Zone, he allowed less hits than innings Pitched.
I have high hopes for this kid.
Good post, and great points. People tend to take the human element out of all of this and forget that these guys aren't only human but they are also very very young.
They are at the same age that is equivalent to a kid in college away from home for the first time in his life, a time when kids learn through there mistakes. People look at what these kids do in the minors and expect some kind of linear development and when they don't see it they immediately think the prospect has no talent, but that couldn't be further from the truth.
I have high hopes for the kid as well, a lot of people were really high on him and I'm sure the Sox are too if they traded for him with a divisional opponent.
Young players crack when the pressure gets intense. Many players that have big potential fail when the real pressure hits. This is not realized until they move up to where everything is analyzed and the lights on them are bright.