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PostPosted: September 9 19, 5:13 am 
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Do we even need minor league baseball?

Jeff Luhnow leading the re-think of MiLB structure. Letting him go seems more like the Steve Carlton trade every day.

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“For the baseball people, it was a feeling that it was better to concentrate the coaching resources. We were trying to support a bunch of players that had a less than one percent chance of making the major leagues,” said an ex-Astros official whose current team didn’t grant him permission to speak to us.

The Astros felt comfortable cutting the teams in part because of data harvested from new tech. Since turning over the vast majority of their player development staff and minor league coaches under GM Jeffrey Luhnow, the Astros feel they have become better at identifying which players have a chance to rise through their system.


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PostPosted: September 9 19, 10:20 am 
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Damn good article.

The Walker Buehler comments were interesting.


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PostPosted: September 9 19, 10:55 am 
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good article

i've wondered for a long time why there needs to be so many minor league affiliates--just seems like overkill.

and what buehler says makes sense...it could actually be hindering development.


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PostPosted: September 9 19, 12:00 pm 
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go birds wrote:
good article

i've wondered for a long time why there needs to be so many minor league affiliates--just seems like overkill.

and what buehler says makes sense...it could actually be hindering development.

Part of it is that it's revenue for MLB and small towns.


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PostPosted: September 10 19, 12:23 pm 
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A lot of minor leaguers never make the majors but having so many extra levels gives young players to increasingly move up against tougher competition without being rushed to a level they're not ready for yet. Especially for high school players if you only had a AA and AAA levels those players would be forced to go against tougher competition then they would be ready for at that point in time.


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