Re: Whats your plan FO?
posted at 5/25/2014 8:49 AM EDT
In response to Schumpeters-Ghost's comment:
Call up the kids - that should be the plan
Cecchini should be up - Owens should be up
There is no sense in waiting.
Defense. It is still important.
Young players struggling is part of the problem, and we want to bring more up? It is expected for young players to struggle and sometimes even take a year or two to come into their own. It helps when you have a base and veterans around them to hide them away. THey will stand out much much more however when they are ALL struggling, because just about the entire team is struggling.
If there is no chance to compete this year, then why rush guys and bring them to the majors? why lose the year of control? all we are doing are increasing the costs the Sox have to pay several years down the line.
Now if there is a hole in the lineup at a position and player xyz is smashing it in Pawtucket then Yes SCREW THE ARBY clock and bring him up!!!! but if the Sox are struggling and falling further and further out of contention, then why bring a guy up if he isn't 100% ready?
I saw Owens walk 6 guys in 6 innings a few weeks ago, although he had a much better time of keeping his fastball down last night he still needs a lot of work. I saw him no hit NB in 5 innings, but he did it around 100 pitches. He wouldn't be able to go more than 4-5 innings at the MLB level right now. Even if his stuff is good enough to get MLB hitters out right now they would A.) feast off of his control tallying up insanely high pitch counts, and B.) destroy his 89 MPH fastball when he has trouble keeping it up.
Owens could be a very good pitcher, but why bring him up now when he is not going to help this team go to the playoffs this year? burn a 40 man spot? and start his arby clock? sorry but that makes no sense.
Cecchinis lack of power is starting to be concerning, he has only 7 XBH out of 44 with defense that would make him a downgrade from WMB. He needs more time to figure things out and his OPS is down to .730 which wouldn't cut it as a corner infielder in the big leagues, especially a guy who isn't a great defender.
So.....actually it makes all the sense in the world to keep on waiting.